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Ghost in the Shell live action and 3d

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DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga "Ghost in the Shell" with plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature.

Story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Created by Masamune Shirow, "Ghost in the Shell" was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. The second anime film, "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence," was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.

Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and brought the project to the studio. Jamie Moss has been tapped to pen the adaptation.

Universal and Sony were also chasing "Ghost in the Shell," but Steven Spielberg took personal interest in the property and made it happen at DreamWorks.

" 'Ghost in the Shell' is one of my favorite stories," Spielberg said. "It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks."

DreamWorks prexy of production Adam Goodman said "Ghost in the Shell" is a property "that epitomizes 3-D live-action motion picture possibilities."

Avi Arad is at the forefront of comicbook-based material, having produced the three "Spider-Man" films, the three "X-Men" movies, the two "Fantastic Four" picss and the upcoming "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk."

Moss' writing credits include "Street Kings," which bowed Friday, and "Last Man Home," in development at Universal.

http://www.variety.com/VR1117984029.html

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I'm just interested to see if they can actually find a reasonable actress with the same, ahem, physical qualities as the Major. Whose for Patrick Stewart as the chief?

Nah, if they make this it should be wholly japanese, it would do a lot of harm to try and transplant the ideas and concepts of that show and place them in an american setting. For one thing the big bad is often the American Empire.

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Makoto Kusanagi is the one role that kept screaming at me the entire time I saw Rinko Kikuchi during Pacific Rim.

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I think this looks great. The dialogue is a bit off with the whole "You were lied to" thing, as GITS is a lot less personal than that, but visually this looks exactly like the '95 film and Stand Alone Complex.

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