Sunday, February 2, 2014

[Anime] Dreamworks getting serious about a live action Ghost in the Shell Film

This past Friday, that DreamWorks had reached a deal with Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders for a live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

It's really no surprise that DreamWorks wants to do something with the GitS, they acquired the rights to the franchise back in 2008 with Steven Spielberg being enamored by the series. Back then it was rumored he would direct as well...

This new attempt at an adaptation also has a new script, reportedly done by William Wheeler (The Hoax and several The Cape eps), but outside of that not much else is known. I do know that there have been rumors that DreamWorks wants this to be filmed in 3D from the get go, so at least that's something. If any movie could benefit from it, it's likely this one and some pretty cool things could be done with it as well. Though, with nothing else really set in stone, it's hard to say how they'll be approaching this fully.

However, before jumping on the soapbox and decrying how this is a horrible idea, keep in mind that Avi Arad is Producing. Who's that? The same guy behind Iron Man, Blade, Spiderman (both film series), X-Men and quite a few others. Working at Marvel for so long has hopefully taught him a thing or two and while not all his movies have been stellar, there's quite a few gems in the lot as well.

Sure, the fear of this one being white-washed to death and the meaning being completely lost is still there of course. Ghost in the Shell is a complex and very Japanese-centric tale that would definitely suffer from too much "Westernization". Hopefully the folks at DreamWorks were paying attention to what happened to the attempt with Akira not long ago too.

Until more is known, we'll just have to sit back and see how things develop. A live adaptation of Ghost in the Shell could be a huge franchise and spectacular if done correctly, or a huge bomb if messed with too much. Let's hope the latter doesn't happen and they do it right.

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