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1/26/16 - DreamWorks’ Ghost In The Shell has been taken off the Disney release schedule and will now be released by Paramount Pictures. The film, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk, will keep its March 31, 2017 release date. Rupert Sanders is directing the story about female special ops cyborg who leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. The unit is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man who will stop at nothing to destroy Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology.  Source: Deadline.com

 

1/5/15 - DreamWorks’ upcoming Ghost in the Shell film has finally signed Scarlett Johansson as the lead in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the highly popular Japanese anime.  The 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.  Rupert Sanders will helm the film, which was penned by Bill Wheeler.  Avi Arad and Steven Paul will be producing, with Paramount having the option to come on board as co-producer.  Source: Blastr.com

 

10/26/09 - DreamWorks is developing a new, 3-D live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, best known as the 1995 anime movie that was based on Masamune Shirow's manga franchise, according to Variety.  DreamWorks has tapped scribe Laeta Kalogridis to adapt the Japanese manga property.  DreamWorks is making the futuristic police thriller as a 3D live-action film.  Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and originally brought the project to DreamWorks.  The manga, first published in 1989, was one of the first cyberpunk-ish comic works that melded the concepts of cyborgs, police procedural and dystopian futuristic urban environments and influenced not only the Matrix movies but also lots of other sci-fi books, comics, films and video games.

 

04/15/08 - DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell and plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature film.  The 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.  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 write the adaptation.

 

 

 

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