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AICN Anime - GiTS Goes Hollywood, Paprika Date, Robotech Doc and Minor Miyazaki News

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Hollywood Ghost in the Shell

Anime News Network and Anime Anime report that Production I.G, the studio that produced all of Ghost in the Shell's adaptations into anime (the two movies and the three Stand Alone Complex works) has received permission to develop a Hollywood adaptation of the Masamume Shirow created cyborg sci-fi. A new contract with rights holder Kodansha allows Production I.G. to represent the creators and negotiate distribution of a live action film. The third Stand Alone Complex anime, Solid State Society, a movie that originally aired on Japanese pay-per-view, will receive its North American premiere at next month's New York Comic Con (February 23-25).

Paprika Scheduled

Twitch points out that Satoshi Kon's (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) Paprika is scheduled for American released on May 25th. A new site is online at

New Robotech Mini-Doc

Leading up the release Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, the DVD of which is scheduled for February 6th, Harmony Hold has posted a second mini-documentary, entitled "The Anime Pipeline". The short film can be seen on and YouTube
Images above Copyright Harmony Gold USA
The current list of scheduled screenings for the Shadow Chronicles include # HOUSTON, TX (Jan. 18-19, 2007 at 9pm) Studio Movie Grill Copperfield 580 Highway 6 North & West Road Houston, TX 77095 # BOSTON / CAMBRIDGE, MA (Jan. 19-20, 2007) The Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 876-6837 # SALT LAKE CITY / S. JORDAN, UT (Jan. 19-25, 2007) Megaplex 20 at the District 3761 West Parkway Plaza Drive South Jordan, UT 84095 (801) 304-4020 # ANN ARBOR/CANTON, MI (Jan. 26-27, 2007) Emagine Canton 39535 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187 (888) 319-3456 # BERKELEY, CA (Jan. 27, 2007 at Noon) The Shattuck Cinemas 2230 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 464-5980 # ANCHORAGE, AK (Jan. 27-28, 2007) The Bear Tooth Theatre 2230 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 464-5980 # MARINETTE, WI (Jan. 27-28, Feb. 3-4 at 12:45pm) The Mariner Theatre 2000 Ella Court Marinette, WI 54143 (715) 732-9364 # LOS ANGELES / WESTWOOD, CA (Feb. 3, 2007 at Noon) The Crest Theatre 1262 Westwood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 474-7866

Ghibli Announcement Schedule reports that Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki announced at a Cinema ANGELICA press conference that Hayao Miyazaki's next film will be announced in March. Many believe that the film will be an adaptation of the Chinese story "I Lost My Little Boy".
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  • Jan. 18, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Deus Vult

    thanks Scott so much! I actually asked about the robotech deal just last week! awesome awesome awesome work. I've only waited for the sequel to the end of the next generation since 1986! finally! <p>studio movie grill is WAY better than alamo draft house by the way, no matter WHAT harry says. better set-up in the theater itself, better seating and everything. not too far from Katy either. amazing news! finally AICN DOES HAVE SOME COOL NEWS! and to think it's under the anime heading!

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    "Hollywood adaptation" of GitS

    by Doctor_Sin

    I am worried - hopeful and excited, but treading carefully.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Go GITS, go!

    by DynamixRo

    Production I.G. will probably focus on a more accessible and action-packed script, which is not a bad thing at all. I for one always wanted a GITS with a bit less dialogue in it. I got some of that in SAC, but a full length movie is different. Also, I don't think they'll tweak the characters too much, especially the already perfect Major.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Now this is something I am excited about!

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by Lain Of The Net

    Films I can enjoy with all my friends. Paprika!! Who needs friends - I can enjoy weird all by ma - self. A collar on my cat ...not in this universe ...I'll probably end up wearing it myself. Will someone Pulease release MindGame???? This has been ...a very long day. Finally good news ...a reason to be!! Good times.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Go Production I.G!

    by Amy Chasing

    Best anime house other than Ghibli! Jin-Roh is still one of my fave films ever made.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Robotech is the

    by kikuchiyoboy


  • Jan. 18, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    What happened to the

    by kikuchiyoboy

    post about that casting deal about The Hitman? That was wierd. Reading it one second, then the next "poof"! Like that, it's gone.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Ghibli and I.G. are great...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...but Studio 4˚C is either breaking all the rules, or writing new ones - not sure which. The fact that MINDGAME continues to be unreleased in America is criminal - but their new film TEKKON KINKREET just got distribution in America from a major studio. Hopefully MINDGAME will follow.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Also, a live-action American GITS -

    by Harry Weinstein

    - that idea is made of 100% pure concentrated suck.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    venom gotta eat

    by darthhirsty

    bring us venom!!! that's all.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Ronald_Sage

    And we are all thankful for it!

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    will someone please hand Miyazaki a copy of...

    by Strabo

    ..."Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie? Please? I guarantee that it'd be his best film....

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Wachowski Bros and GiTS

    by omnislash 2.0

    they should get the Matrix crew back together and get going on this movie...they may not need keanu reeves, but they sure as hell need yuen wo ping...

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST

    You apparently missed the screening of SHADOW CHRONICLE

    by ErnieAnderson

    in Columbus, Ohio during Ohayocon.

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    you're right Big Ern I sure did

    by Deus Vult

    seeing as how I'm rainy west houston of course. I did try to get my one of my buddies in detroit to drive to columbus to see it and naturally his wife squashed that idea. I think mine may do the same, and the copperfield theatre is only 20 minutes from our house! WIVES! FOR SHAME!

  • Jan. 18, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles sucks!!

    by JarJar25

    If you want to watch a superior show, than watch Genesis Climber Mosepeda. It's a lot better and far more entertaining. No Rick Hunter or lame Robotech nonsense. Believe me it's the real deal.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Wachowskis + GITS is too predictable

    by Ravetin

    However, that doesn't mean I wouldn't kill and eat my own family to see it happen.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Dina Meyer......Makoto Kusanagi

    by godoffireinhell

    You know you want it.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson....Batou

    by godoffireinhell

    But seriously, this will never happen, just like Norrington's $150 million US version of AKIRA or WETA's take on EVANGELION.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    I'm with Doctor_Sin

    by veritasses

    It could be a real incredible movie but the odds aren't in it's favor. That's not a particularly easy work to adapt to a live action format. A re-imagining might be easier then a straight adaptation.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Matrix? Screw that-- Blade Runner it!

    by turk128

    Seriously, ask yourself: would GITS be better off like Matrix or Bladerunner? Screw Matrix and it's third-rate knock-off, go back to the original source. Heck, I would go as far saying I'd rather they do it like Bourne series. ///// And when is anyone in Hollywood gonna sign up on a obvious choice for live action adapt: Jino-Roh? Takes the least effort to make since the animate flic is already staged like a live action flic.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 5:15 a.m. CST

    GitS is nothing like BLADE RUNNER, visually.

    by godoffireinhell

    So that wouldn't make any sense. MATRIX already ripped off GitS in a number od scenes, flat out stole a couple, even.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by DishyDish


  • Jan. 19, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    casting for GiTs

    by bipple

    hmm off the top Dolph Lungren as Batou, thats a no brainer Motoko i mean, if she doesn't hipster/scenester/nerd out as much as she's a fan favorite, Portman could be good, if she plays straight up detached, cold, with that buried sense of humour, we already know she looks good with weird hair and no clothes, but Motoko wears not a lot of clothes cause she's well, cyber body but listen, no Theron, either that or an almost unknown, but if this could be done by someone with a good track record like Rodriguez who gets "it" how to handle comic, even more difficult, manga. the old guy, Harrison Ford, with a bit of Nicole Kidman "The Hours" what do you call it, fake nose material stuff, whatever it is and if worse comes to worse, Nicole Kidman as Motoko just for the fuck of it

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Where's the Hentai?

    by Ricky Henderson

    Just kill this column off already, will ya?

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Uh, hey!?

    by GermanCity

    Am I the only one that thinks a character named Motoko Kusanagi should be played by, I dunno, SOMEONE JAPANESE? And no, not just Asian. Much as I love her, Ziyi can't be everygodamnbody. The entire GitS universe relies on some strong Japanese nationalism. Have you seen how the US is portrayed? Screw it. Don't even try an adapt this right. BECAUSE IT ALREADY HAS BEEN. Why do I need to seem some actor try and capture the perfection of character that has already be established? Damn Americans and their anti-animation bias. This is why get live action Avatar green-lit. Guh.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Live Action GitS=

    by Tin Snoman

    Live Action Aeon Flux. And we all know how well that went over.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by GermanCity


  • Jan. 19, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Aeon Flux

    by DishyDish

    Was a bollocked animation to begin with.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Miyazaki = I Lost My Little Boy

    by PoopAgoose

    I heard Michael Jackson is writing the theme song.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Live action GitS is just a nerdy pipe dream

    by DynamixRo

    Some things are best left in their animated form.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    re: Live action GitS is just a nerdy pipe dream

    by ScottGreen

    maybe, but the push is for anime studios and Japanese IP holders to make real money off Hollywood and from North American audiences. This has less to do with artistic merit (though Production I.G puts out a lot of interesting work) and more to do with capital and audience interest

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    GitS should stay a pipe dream

    by turk128

    DynamixRo's right... at least I hope they left it in their original form after reading what the fans want. I take that back, I hope they make it: have the Major American-ize, the story all about political intrique with less action, and all gritty and cyber-punky... ya know, nothing like the original material right? And ya wonder why F'N otakus are giving the fans a bad a name.

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I'd always dreamed of one day making a live action GITS

    by Johnno

    But I was gonna make it a TV show... but then we got a TV show called StandAlone Complex that kicked my ideas in the ass... and I loved it! More please!<br><br> Well at least I can still hold on to my dream of making an Akira live action movie, with a gazillion dollars I'd make it a trilogy, each flic covering 2 books each of the manga shot near frame for frame... If you thought teh Lord of the Rings was epic and cost a lotta money, Akira done right as I envision may not make back my budget even if it was a titanic success :P<br><br> And is Paprika and Shadow Chronicles coming to Toronto or what?

  • Jan. 19, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST

    A GITS:Live would definitely open up...

    by Cold Winter Wind

    ...the franchise, but any adaptation that tried to remain faithful to the source would have to slice the philosophical examinations of conciousness and what it means 'to be' into very thin portions for the American mass-market. I currently work at 'a major international video-rental chain'. Every day, I can count on one hand the number of people who want more than simplistic, one-sentence plot lines; and, let's face it, Hollywood ain't about the art, it's bidness, boys. Even low-budget waste-of-film-stock movies make money by going direct-to-DVD. I'd rather no GITS:Live than something that left a sour taste in my mouth. And another thing, I still don't get all the hating on Aeon Flux:Live. I watched it, liked it, bought it. Then I bought the 3-disk animated series box set. I watched it all, and I still feel like my head's gonna explode. There was so much nihilistic, apparently drug-induced stream-of-conciousness, shock-for-the-sake-of-shock crap I thought I was gonna need therapy. And I spent a week in Amsterdam getting schooled by the licensed ho's, so I don't shock easily.

  • Jan. 20, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I don't understand the comparisons of...

    by Ravetin

    Aeon Flux and GITS. For one thing, Chung's series is about a billion times more fucked up than GiTS has ever been. When the AF series hit DVD I watched pretty much the whole thing in one day with a couple friends, afterwards, I literally came down. I know GitS has its moments, but I'm pretty sure half the battle of creating AF was psychological research on how to scar somebody for life with images. Which is the type of thing a $70 million Hollywood movie can never hope to acheive. Long story short, making Aeon Flux into a movie is just an inherently bad idea. I mean, I know the chances are slim but if GitS ended up in the hands of writers and directors who were even remotely wise to what the thing is all about, you could really end up with something cool. But really, the main thing I want from Production IG is for them to get the SAC crew to make a season that's an adaptation of the entire original manga. Holy fuck, that would just beat all.

  • Jan. 22, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Female Lead in "Paprika"...

    by NC Blue

    = adult look-alike of Miyuki from Tokyo Godfathers? I swear I did a spit-take there. Anyway, can't wait to see Kon's next film. I've enjoyed them all so far, especially Millennium Actress. Keep up the good work!

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I think this TB is long dead, but I'm wondering..

    by Amy Chasing

    who could play Motoko Kusanagi in a live action Ghost In The Shell movie? Someone who can act like her, but also has _that_ body. Athletic but big boobs, with a face that works with funky purple hair. All I can think of is Catherine Bell.