The long-awaited adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s futuristic police thriller “Ghost in the Shell” appears to be picking up momentum this week; as DreamWorks has hired Laeta Kalogridis to write the screenplay.
According to a Variety report, Kalogridis is stepping in to replace Jamie Moss, the writer who was originally attached to the project when it was announced last year.
The producers behind the planned 3D, live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” include Steven Paul, Avi Arad—who comic fans should recall for his role in bringing Marvel out of bankruptcy—and Steven Spielberg, whose personal interest in the story reportedly helped DreamWorks land the rights.
"'Ghost in the Shell' is one of my favorite stories," Spielberg explained last year. "It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks."
“Ghost in the Shell” follows the exploits of Motoko Kusanagi, a covert operative whose cyborg nature causes her to question her humanity. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential manga of the last thirty years.
Since it was first published in 1989, “Ghost in the Shell” has been adapted into an animated TV series, three video games and three animated movies.
The forthcoming DreamWorks live action adaptation is tentatively scheduled for 2011.
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