Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dreamworks Producing Live-Action 'Ghost in the Shell' Adaptation

Years have passed (literally) since anyone's talked about re-adapting Masamune Shirow's landmark manga-cum-anime Ghost in the Shell. First conceived on the page by Shirow in 1989, brought to the big screen in 1995, and sequelized in 2004 (by legendary Japanese filmmaker Mamoru Oshii), the Ghost in the Shell franchise has largely survived as a television property in the intervening decade, as seen in early aughts TV show Standalone Complex and, much more recently, OVA series Arise.

This makes recent developments over a new Ghost in the Shell film potentially very exciting. It turns out that there's been movement on bringing Shirow's creation back to theaters with a new update on his original work; Dreamworks, the studio that initially released the truly excellent movie sequel Ghost in the Shell: Innocence ten years ago still owns the rights, and they're intent on pushing ahead with another interpretation of Shirow's manga, this time through a live-action rather than animated lens.

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