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Spielberg loves GHOST IN THE SHELL... so much so he wants Dreamworks to do it up live-action style!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. So, a story popped up on Variety this morning announcing that Dreamworks has nabbed the rights to do-up famous anime GHOST IN THE SHELL as a live action (and 3D) feature film. The interesting part is that it was Spielberg himself who spearheaded the acquisition. Avi and Ari Arad are attached to produce and took the project around, where it found its way to Spielberg who urged it to be brought into the fold at Dreamworks. The plan is indeed to make it a 3D film, live action and STREET KINGS' Jamie Moss is attached to script the adaptation. No word yet on director. I'm no anime fan, but you don't have to be one to love GHOST IN THE SHELL. It's one of the titles that reaches across genre lines. Curious to see how they handle the project... It'd be amazing if they kept the movie adult (read R-rating), but released it still as 3-D experience. We're getting some horror films in 3-D, which is cool, but I'd love to see a violent, big time sci-fi flick in 3D as well. You?

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  • April 15, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Do we need this?

    by batmans_pants

    I mean what's wrong with Ghost in the Shell as it stands?

  • April 15, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    It Won't Be 'R'

    by Prague23

    Spielberg will totally go the route of the Stand Alone Complex series and include talking Tachikoma (voiced by Shia LaBeouf) which will sound as stupid as slang-droppin Transformers. He'll choose some other dumb big name actors too. I'll wait for a trailer before even giving this potential film another thought.

  • April 15, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST

    I suppose he did make Minority Report...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    So it's not as if it's completely alien territory. I wonder who'll direct? I wonder if Tom Sizemore is young enough to play Batou? ;-)

  • April 15, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    He should direct it himself...

    by Crimson King

    Spielberg directing a live action adaptation of an anime? Could be fucking amazing....

  • April 15, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I hate you, Sarah Marshall!

    by therealharold

  • April 15, 2008, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah and...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    The film world really needs a versatile, attractive, english speaking actress of Japanese decent in her late twenties/early thirties. In fact the Japanese government should start giving out cash for actors to learn english, if only for national pride. Hollywood is harvesting Japanese works and giving back so little in return. Who'll star as Motoko Kusanagi?

  • April 15, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Get it out before Alita!!!

    by RealDoubleJ

    For the sweet love of jebus, Spielberg & Cameron promise giant 3D sci-fi titties with guns & explosions but don't make us wait so goddamn long!!

  • April 15, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST

    There's an Avi AND Ari Arad?

    by blunderbu55

    Dearth of imagination in that family, I guess?

  • April 15, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Spielberg Spearheaded The Aquisition...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Yeah, he did the same with Transformers, too.

  • April 15, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    COOL! But, Wait... Wasn't This Already Done?

    by LaserPants

    I believe it was called THE MATRIX. Okay, okay, I know, the stories have nothing to do with each other, but the aesthetic is virtually the same.<br><br> That being said, I'd love to see a GitS liveactioner... IF, and only if, they hire Shirow and Oshii to write and direct. No americanized bullshit, please.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    yeah yeah, Where's Fatal Frame?

    by ranma627

    This idea definitely sounds cool. I totally dug the original film but what ever happened to Spielberg's involvement with the adaptation of th evideo game Fatal Frame. He was supposed to put that film on the fast track about 5 or 6 years ago and I never heard a word on it ever since. That's messed up. Give me my Fatal Frame movie and no!, Shutter does not count.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Gonna be hard to please the fans

    by TheCap

    How can you keep the edge of GITS without getting an R rating ? How do you tone any of that story down without getting campy, AKA "Dark Angel" or "Aeon Flux" ? Honestly, hasn't this kind of been done already, and badly at that ?

  • April 15, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I bet this'll happen, but Spielberg might declaw and Americanize the hell out of it before releasing it to the teenage demographic. I doubt it'll get an R rating.<p> Oh, and Laserpants, I basically agree with you. Spielberg, for all his excellent filmmaking over the years, won't be able to top "The Matrix" for beautiful Asian-via-American mainstream asskickery. It just won't.<p> But I'm still hoping Spielberg gives us something worth watching.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    its sorta been done, at least the style of the main character

    by palewook

    see: la femme nikita (1990) the movie, not the series. <p> and you could even argue Kate Beckinsale aped Motoko Kusanagi in Underworld.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Ramp Up The Robots

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Sure the aesthetic of the films have been ripped off, but little of the technology. There's the Tachikoma (or whatever they're called again) for one thing. Then there's the fact that due to their cyborg bodies, the central characters can have a serious amount of carnage thrown at them and have it physically affect them and still survive. The Matrix never had a character have their arm torn off and still fight to the end.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The original is fine as it is...

    by KillDozer

    Enough with the remakes already!

  • April 15, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by bardieru

    Please, don´t do it... There´s no way they can make this better than the original... They shouldn´t even try.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:33 a.m. CST

    And of course, of course...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    The Matrix didn't just rip off GITS for Trinity. It also ripped of Mnemosyne/Moneta from Hyperion and Molly Millions from Neuromancer. I never get tired of pointing this stuff out. The Matrix wasn't a film, it was a collage...;-)

  • April 15, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Maybe it would be good for us newbies...

    by TomHooligan

    I've never seen Ghost in the Shell on the basis that i fing Anime hard to take seriously. Don't get me wrong, i love stuff like Akira and think that Hayao Miyazaki's films are amazing too. But i tried watching Ghost in the Shell the other night and ended up faling asleep within the first half hour (maybe that was more to do with watching movies at 3am). Anyway, i think a westernised version would be a good way to introduce more people to the series. Plus, Speilberg knows his shit, and i'm sure Dreamworks would make a good job of it. Bring it on, i say.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    and the Matrix ripped off...

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    its entire ending, in the third movie, from an anime called "Nausicaä and the Valley of the Winds." look it up, watch it. get pissed about how easily the W bros pulled off a blatant theft of this material. <p>but its cool. the movie sucked anyway.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    its Wind, singular.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST

    It's all been stolen already

    by Shepard Wong

    A live action version could never have the impact of the original since it's all been stolen by other films. Even people who have never watched an anime have unknowingly seen GITS piece meal, a bit at a time. This reminds me of when I saw Casablanca in the theater during Warner's 75th celebration. I was walking out behind a girl who was complaining to her boyfriend that she couldn't believe how over rated the film was and in her words "was so filled with cliches."

  • April 15, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Oh, well after seeing how much he loved Transformers...

    by Horseflesh

    Let's see how he manages to turn this property into a complete steaming turd. Who ya gonna get for this one, Stevie? Uwe Boll? The reanimated corpse of Ed Wood? You used to be cool, Steven.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    I think I just came in my mouth a little...

    by toxicbuddha

    Hot. Diggety. Damn. Until this is released and sucks ala Transformers, color me officially optimistically geeked.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    As long as Spielberg isn't directing?

    by DerLanghaarige

    15 years of shit- and so-so movies...<br> I got hopes for Indy 4 anyway, although I don't think it will be more than very entertaining.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Totally missed opertunity: Tank Police

    by turk128

    Seriously, Spielberg is perfect for a Dominion Tank Police adapt. While they're at it, Black Magic M-66 is just perfect for a live action sci-fi suspense thriller.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Hehe actually I agree with you on that, I despise the Ghost In The Shell film. But I find all of Mamoru Oshii's films tedious. Mostly due to the dialogue. Surely it couldn't be that boring in Japanese?. Possibly his worst was for me was Patlabor 2. I like Angel's Egg, maybe because it has great images and little dialogue...

  • April 15, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I told you!

    by Anna Valerious

    "Speed Racer" is only the beginning. Although I will have to disagree in "Anime Insider" that Charlize Theron would star. I think after "Aeon Flux", it would be a bad idea.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Why can I not like Anime?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I want to like it, but every time I try to watch one I come over all sleepy and end up snoozing through the second half of the film. These Japanese animations have some kind of magical ability to send to me to sleep!<p>This Ghost In The Shell seemed like it might be a good story, though, so maybe I'll be able to stay awake through a live action version.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Awwwwww, HELL NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Godfuckingdammit, don't let Spielberg anywhere near that material! Please!!! I repeat: DON'T LET SPIELBERG DIRECT OR PRODUCE!!!!<p>Man, I can't believe this! I know exactly what we'll get: we'll get a fucking PG-rated rosy-colored kiddie flick, a family friendly crapfest, with a fucking annoying kid actor in the lead, that's what we'll get. FUCK YOU, HOLLYWOOD! Seriously.<p>Thanks to that friggin' news, my day is now completely ruined...

  • April 15, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    No, please no...

    by funktopia

    How is this gonna be anything other than an abomination. He's gonna reduce GITS to cyborgs beating the crap out of each other (as far as he can without losing his PG rating) then throw in a crappy love story and some hammy acting for good measure. Think i'm gonna go cry...

  • April 15, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and whatnot

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Isn't Mr Spielberg a pretty versatile guy? I mean, he doesn't only make "fucking PG-rated rosy-colored kiddie flicks", and I'm pretty sure he's turned in his fair share of films without "fucking annoying kid actors" in them.<p>Why so angry, Kusanagi san? At least it's not Michael Bay directing, right?

  • April 15, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    For all those who love Matrix...

    by D o o d

    it's all nicked from Ghost in the Shell. Watch the opening sequence to Ghost in the Shell and you'll see where those wachowski's got thier ideas from.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Those Busted Tees chicks have nice titties.

    by scudd

    Seriously, it's distracting. Especially the redhead. I think I like her more than the Natalie Portman-looking Snorg Tees girl.

  • April 15, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I wondered when you'd get here ;-)

  • April 15, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Ghost iin the Shell was pretty bad ass.

    by Underoos Hero

    I really love the Appleseed series now as well. But come one guys. I'm sure that there is some Japanese writer and director with a new idea that is just screaming for this kind of treatment. Leave it where it belongs. In the past as Anime.

  • April 15, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Oh dear God no

    by AD_Skinner

    Will this madness ever cease?

  • April 15, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by darth rod

    It's not just the R rating, it's the themes of the movie that are gonna be fucked and watered down to appeal to the teenage crowd. The difference with Transforms is that beside the cool action shit, GITS actually has characters with deep philosophical problems. Thats why is so fucking boring to many it's basically characters rambling about philosophy sprinkled with sci fi action. Waiting for Bay announcing that after Transformers 2 he is going for this, Studio wise he is the fucking golden by for bringing cool animated robots to the flesh.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Oh, I vote NO to this useless shit. Leave it alone.

    by Underoos Hero

  • April 15, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Wasn't there also talk of a live action

    by skimn

    Akira years and years ago that went nowhere? Didn't Spielberg mine the human/machine theme in AI anyway? I think Aeon Flux (and to a degree Ultraviolet) proved how difficult it is to translate what looks cool and works in anime to live action filming. Speed Racer may change our whole perspective, but then much like Matrix knock-off-wanabees, we'll get a slew of candy colored CGI fests with actors pasted in.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I could give a flying flip about 3D.

    by jimbojones123

    There, I said it.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    This won't work as live action.

    by Christopher3

    Even if Spielberg throws a pile of money at it, at best it'll come off like the awesomest bullet-time movie of the late '90s.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I agree UH

    by poenadare

    Spielberg would suck the soul right out of GitS, trample the nuance, and we'd have Tachikomas chanting "Phone Home! Phone Home!"

  • April 15, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Yes, we need this.

    by dr sauch

    I trust Spielberg implicitly. And I love GITS, so I'm excited.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Not sure about this news, but if anyone can do it

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Its the Berg. For those who think he doesn't have the balls to go hard on this, I give you Schindlers List and the first 20 minutes of Ryan.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    If this movie isn't a mind fails.

    by knowthyself

    And seeing the Avids attached to it fills me with no confidence.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    anime rules, but should've done ninja scrolls instead

    by donwillymo

  • April 15, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Motoko Kusanagi?

    by getme

    Hell who are we kidding this will be set in LA or New York and that will pretty much kill any interest I would have in it. Look for a sassy black woman in the role of the major and at least one hell naw from will smith.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Awsome! But they should do Akira as well and Appleseed.

    by The Outlander

    and every other cool sci-fi anime ever made.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Turk128: Sure, Black Magic M-66 would be great as live action

    by Multiplex

    They could call it "Terminator." It's funny how so many of you guys are saying it was a perfectly good anime already -- considering it was a comic book first and the comic, the films and the TV series (and its film follow-up) all have VERY different continuities, who cares if another adaptation gets made?

  • April 15, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Based on the film or manga or series?

    by lex romero

    Each brings something different. Will tehy bring a bit in from each source? Make a trilogy of films so they can expand the characters like in the series rather than the way they're rushed in the film?

  • April 15, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Won't Work - Remember Aeon Flux

    by cowboyone

    Sorry Charlie.

  • April 15, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Last piece of News I expected to hear.

    by Saluki

    Sounds fake as all hell. Spielberg beating James Cameron to the anime punch would be hilarious though. Stand Alone Complex & Second GIG were actually better than the movies (although they looked better) AND comic book, so here's to hoping they look in that direction too.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Hmm, I'm not sure who would be worse for this material.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Spielberg or Bay? It's like choosing between pestilence and cholera.<p>Don't get me wrong: Mr. Bay is not even remotely near the skill of Mr. Spielberg, but I'd rather won't have any one of those two direct this.<p>As someone pointed out before: Spielberg used to be a great director 15 years ago or so.<p>Maybe I'm so upset 'cause I love GitS so much and 'cause I'm so fed up with family friendly PG-bs movies. I could name a dozen film which may have been a lot better if they had been done for an adult audience.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Spielberg!

    by EvilGeek1

    You've made some great ones in your time, but you're a fucking asshole if you're going to go ahead with this!

  • April 15, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Well if it's properly plotted, Cyberpunk style...

    by TroutMaskReplicant could start of in L.A. or New York move to Berlin or Zurich and end in Hong Kong or Tokyo. I think the real sticking point will be Motoko. Does anyone have any Asian actress suggestions?

  • April 15, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I'm also fed up with people referring to PRIVATE RYAN

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    and the brilliance of the first 20 minutes. What about the crappy (150 minute long) rest? It's just another run-off-the-mill war action pic with loads of ridiculous (sniper anyone?) scenes. SPR is just friggin' overrated, like a lot of Mr. Spielberg's (later) works.<p>There, I said it.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    i have to say:

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    the idea of people with robot parts getting shot up and torn off and that sort of stuff sounds fun. <p>people bitch about how bad a live action will be, but all they do is bring it to the masses. it doesnt ruin the original or "rape your childhood" if you don't let it. so let it be what it is, another version of the thing you love. may suck, may be pleasantly surprising. we'll see.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Let a woman direct it: i.e. Kathryn Bigelow

    by DanteS2005

    There are only few cyberpunk movies which are focused on cyberspace: Johnny Mnemonic, The Lawnmower Man, Gabriele Salvatore's Nirvana, Virtuosity. These are the only ones that i can recall, the others are just non-sense crap (Tron, Mamoru Oshii's Avalon, etc...). All of these movies have one big mistake in common: they focus on the cyberspace itself, giving too much importance to the technical point of view. Story is just complementary. Take Bigelow's Strange Days now, in that movie, on the contrary, the technical aspects, even if they're crucial, stay in the background, all it matters are people and their feelings. So i say let Kathryn Bigelow direct this movie, or more generically: let a woman direct it, they are more likely to focus around the human aspects of the story. Also be careful on where the movie will be set. The geo-political background was critically important for the manga/anime, and changing it could cause the whole story built upon it to collapse on itself.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    It doesn't need to be R-Rated...

    by godoffireinhell

    Seriously, there is absolutely nothing in the anime that screams for an R-Rating. It's not like there's tentacle rape or exploding bodies left and right. It could be PG-13 without being whitewashed and tones down. What's more important is that they don't dumb it down. I want it to remain intelligent and exciting science fiction. That's all.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I have tried to watch Ghost in the Shell, FIVE times


    and fell asleep every time.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    and Motoko...

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    Saving Private Ryan is brilliant. As good an anti war movie as anyone has ever made. <p>Spielberg has as good a chance of getting this right as anyone. At least we know he'll have the budget, unlike Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet, movies people are siting as bad examples of cartoon/anime turned live action.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    NO! Never Make Akira! NEVER!

    by theredtoad

    Just an utterance of those very words is blasphemous! Guaranteed shit remake right there. I'll go fucking jihad on the next motherfucker to option an Akira live-action movie. FUCK THAT!

  • April 15, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Wow Katheryn Bigelow, an inspired choice

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Her Strange Days is nearly live action Manga.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I'll say this right now...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...there is not a woman alive today that is hot enough and kick-ass enough to play Motoko Kusanagi. But if Spielberg actually manages to find someone ideal for the part (with a good director), my interest will be peaked.<P>I'm not a big anime fan as I've found most of it be either childish or overblown nonsense. However, I have really enjoyed GITS and the SAC:S1 series. (Actually looking forward to checking out SAC:S2 and SOLID STATE SOCIETY.) The concept and characters are intelligent and there is a quality to the overall production that puts it well above other anime.<P>If this film comes to pass, it will be interesting to see how many dumbasses think it's a rip-off of THE MATRIX versus those who know better.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    "not a woman alive today that is hot enough...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...and kick-ass enough to play Motoko Kusanagi"<p>You're perfectly right, Mr. Nice Gaius.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    hey what about Starbuck?

    by theredtoad

    with black hair? Now she is hot, and good for Major.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    best GITS:s1 episode

    by theredtoad

    an ex-employee of a tank company has his memory uploaded into the tank after he dies, and he goes on a crash course through the city and dies at his parent's doorstep. as a tank. great stuff.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Nope, Starbuck's not hot enough.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Natalie Portman on the other hand...

  • April 15, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    I agree that Ryan isn't perfect

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    My favorite war film is The Thin Red Line(Malicks version). However, Ryan is a great war movie, more an old fashioned yarn with some of the greatest action ever filmed than a great film. War movies are a genre to themselves and Ryan deserves its place, though it's definetly below Where Eagles Dare.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I can't watch another natalie portman movie

    by theredtoad

    without closing my eyes and seeing her in >those< movies. ugh.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Nope, Natalie Portman is not hot enough either.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Nor is Charlize Theron, Kate Beckinsale, Lucy Liu, Katee Sackhoff, or any other woman on this planet.<P>No, I'm pretty sure they are going to have to create her within a virtual environment and get those photorealistic CGI guys from WETA to render her on film. And they might as well hire the woman who does the Major's voice on SAC, too.<P>On second thought...maybe Stan Winston can build her from scratch.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    TroutMaskReplicant, Others...

    by Prague23

    Don't forget Fassbinder's brilliant 'World On A Wire' ('Welt am Draht', 1973) made for TV movie when talking about the 'Matrix Collage' as it was put above. Yes, I agree with those of you who understand that 'The Matrix' got away with serious identity theft throughout the trilogy.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I hope for a hard PG-13

    by VAwitch

    While GitS is R most of the time, it would lose a lot of potential viewers in the teen-set. A hard (cuz of blood, mostly) PG-13 is what I hope for. That should allow most of the darkness & violence that makes it GitS, as well as the internal conflict, which marks this great series.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    agreed, prague

    by theredtoad

    Matrix Reloaded was Mechwarrior:The Movie.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Good point there, NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I'm with you.<p>And to Mr. Nice Gaius: you're also right. Maybe a CGI Motoko is the only thing that works. And I'm talking about CGI-perfectness on a James-Cameron-Avatar-Fucking-Your-Eyeball level!

  • April 15, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    er revolutions.

    by theredtoad

    whatever the one was with the mechwarriors fighting the sentinels. :/

  • April 15, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    No worries motoko and as a genre War movies are probably

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    the most consistent in quality. Well, them and Westerns.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Sci fi and horror are amazingly inconsistent

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    but I guess thats part of the charm.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Ah yes, I've heard of World On A Wire...but I've never seen it. Great English title though. Oh I just found out that the film The Thirteenth Floor and it were both based on the same book written in '64. Did you know that Doctor Who had a virtual world called The Matrix back in the seventies, even before Neuromancer?

  • April 15, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Maggie Q ? Hmm, not bad but...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...Maggie Cheung is much hotter. And more bad-ass. But not good enough for being Major Kusanagi.

  • April 15, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I got the cast lined up!!!

    by Queerbait

    Batou - Jake"Now this is pod racing!" Lloyd/////////// Motoko - Zhang Ziyi/////////// "Tachikoma (voiced by Shia LaBeouf)" - Great choice!!!

  • April 15, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Oh yeah, those are hot ladies. Just not hot ENOUGH to be the Major. You see, Motoko Kusanagi ain't no girl. She's a WOMAN. Granted an artificial one with a human brain...but that's beside the point!<P>:^)

  • April 15, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    First Akira, now this...

    by red_weed

    is someone remaking ninja scroll?

  • April 15, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Hey Weedy!

    by Queerbait

    Didn't they make ninja scroll already? It starred Chris Farley as Jubei, right?

  • April 15, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Not begging, but...

    by BeyondStatic

    please, please, please, please, please stay true to the source. Keep the spirit alive with this one. Tons of potential! and Dreamworks makes phenominal films (sorry, I've been a fan since day one, and love even most of the "lesser quality" films they've released). They know material and usually know how to treat it. But please, please, please don't make this into AI or Minority Report (they're good, but they missed the mark of what they could be).

  • April 15, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    AI and Minority Report are not only not good...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...they're shockingly bad. I still wonder what A.I. may've been like if Kubrick had the chance to direct his dream project. At least Minority Report had nice visuals. Story was ok, too. But hell, that flick couldn't decide between serious sci-fi and ridiculous comedy...

  • April 15, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    I aint gonna dis the Berg

    by D o o d

    but I do agree with most of the comments about not watering it down to a movie like Aeon Flux. GITS needs to be dark, dirty, grown up and very gritty.

  • April 15, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Akira/GITS/Battle Angel

    by MediaNerd

    While I liked the opening of GITS and a couple of scenes throughout, I never thought it was great as a whole piece.<br><br> My preference both movie wise and manga wise was the Battle Angel series, so I'm hoping for something nifty from Cameron.<br><br> Oh and for those of you screaming about Akira...where've you been. The live action has been in development for awhile(though I doubt they'll be hitting the 2009 release date). Dicaprio's production company bought the rights and is making a 2-parter supposedly more true to the full story of the manga.

  • April 15, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Is that what happens when you get old?

    by CherryValance

    That you just can't come up with original stuff anymore? Seriously I don't understand why someone like him goes after remakes. Other people, yeah, sure. Maybe they always sucked and never were very good at anything so they have no choice. But he can do whatever he wants and he's got more money than God. So why not take a risk on something new? Any of the directors out there who are firmly established in Hollywood for 20+ years who are going ahead with unoriginal ideas are wasting time they don't have, imo. I mean with one foot in the grave, I'd be in an urgent rush to get out the best ideas I have.

  • April 15, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Bigelow would be awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You just know Bay, Wiseman or Ratner will be handed this though.

  • April 15, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    In a perfect world we would have 10 more Bigelow films

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Man that bitch can make classics.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Flashlights for guns?

    by Kevin Renner

    After what Spielberg did to ET, I fear his next kid-friendly fix to a movie thats about guns and boobies. (okay and its deep story line too!)

  • April 15, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    no wait, its was radios

    by Kevin Renner

    I never saw the Castrated version

  • April 15, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    PLEASE don't Americanize this!!!

    by Scorpio

    I **love** GitS, especially SAC. This could be brilliant, as long as TPTB resist the standard H'wood temptation to dumb it down and Americanize it. DON'T!!!! Do not change "Motoko Kusanagi" to "Molly Kirschner". Do NOT move it from Niihama to Los Angeles. DON'T try to make the Tachikomas cute (oh, wait). Seriously, though, if you want to make your own 3D movie about Our Cyber Future, fine go ahead. Just don't shit on the GitS name. Make your own. But if you REALLY want to adapt the work of Masamune Shirow, then stick to HIS universe. There's so much more freedom in setting it outside of the US anyway. Oh christ, this is going to be a mess. I just realized they'll probably cast The Rock as Batou. I'm already weeping.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Kathryn Bigelow friggin' rocks!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Would be an interesting choice as the director of GHOST IN THE SHELL.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Yes, another vote for Kathryn Bigelow

    by Scorpio

    Seriously, she showed her chops for this kind of material with Strange Days.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    The one thing I have against Bigelow

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    casting fucking Ron Silver in a fuckin movie. He is my antichrist.

  • April 15, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Yeah. He also sucked in TIMECOP.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    One of VanDamme's better flicks.

  • April 15, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Just say NO..

    by getme

    to that cross-eyed skank Lucy Liu.

  • April 15, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by BetaSword

    Awesome News, guys! Well, I'm a fan of this Anime, and recorded it on DVD last year, but getting a 3D-Movie would be awesome. Well, for Story, i wouldn't actually care, if they do it 1:1 looking like the Anime, but with enhanced Quality in Visuals(Which shouldn't be hard to do for Hollywood).

  • April 15, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    He'll Americanize it for sure

    by DigitalDong

    he wanted to do that with Harry Potter. But I will agree with all those itt, GitS is some hard shit to swallow. I'm a big fan of it, but its not for the masses. Specialy Solid State Society which can make a persons head spin. I'd be for a live action GitS but it has to take place in japan, and have japanese actors in it. Both the Major and Batou would be hard to cast. But if it was set in America it would suck since the US is the American Empire in GitS and they're always fucking around with Japan in the series. offtopic I loved how in GitS:Innosence they change the computer displays form green in the first movie to orange, it was like their way of telling the W-Bros that if you're gonna rip them off, you could've at least changed the colors. lol

  • April 15, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    It's a shame Japanese film studios dont have...

    by Reznik

    big budgets to play with, then we could see a definitive take on some of the quality anime that comes down the pipeline. I mean, Akira is going to star Leo DiCaprio (kaneda) and take place in Neo Manhattan? wow! This Ghost in the Shell product could be good as long as it isnt slapped with a PG-13 rating and they take into account most of the characters are Japanese... I like what ol' Steve did with Minority Report so I have some hope for the project in that regard. <p> Sooner or later all the popular animes are going to be interpreted into an american cinema film. Gunsmith Cats, Dirty Pair, BubbleGum Crisis, Dominion Tank Police, RPG's like Shadowrun... oh wait, Johnny Mnemonic (highly forgettable) and the Matrix combined already stole every idea from them. Then when they are made, Oh, that's a rip-off of the Matrix. Of course you can't expect most of the movie-going audience to keep track on every anime and rpg ever made, it only really cheapens the experienc for he fans of the original property(s).

  • April 15, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    "The net is vast and infinite..."

    by Interficium

    I have to say that I'm pretty much with the talkbackers citing Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet as "why this can't work." I mean, you're have all the reasons why Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet PLUS the additional raping of all the "Japanese" stuff in GITS.<br><br>I'm no raving Japanophile, but what, are you gonna have a white woman play the Major? Come on.

  • April 15, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    That being said...

    by Interficium

    I think Akira is a lot more "doable" when it comes to an american film remake. DigitalDong above was on point mentioning Solid State Society, anybody involved with a live-action GiTS should have to watch that OVA and then be asked if they understood a damn thing.

  • April 15, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by abulafia24

    I don't care how good it will be; I just want to know what hot actress they'll get to play Kusanagi and if they'll manage to get her to run around buck naked for at least the beginning of the movie. Yesssssss....

  • April 15, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    What happened to the Spielberg that made his own movies?

    by Reel American Hero

    And not remakes and rehashes. Even though it's a new Indy movie. It's still a rehash of a prior success. The Spielberg of old would be making new, fresh ideas. But I suppose that's Hollywood for ya.

  • April 15, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The old Spielberg is gone

    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • April 15, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I just don't understand it

    by kungfuhustler84

    Some anime films COULD be created in live action, yes, but that doesn't mean they HAVE to be. Like the newly developing Akira project and this, the originals do not suffer from any lack of emotional impact due to lack of tangible performers, nor is the action or story any less involving because of its lack of reality. Remakes of such incredible anime are pointless and just an obvious attempt at fast money, which then again, is what the whole business is about. Then again, I will probably go see both, who the fuck am I kidding.

  • April 15, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Same here Kungfuhustler

    by Shepard Wong

    As much as I hate the idea of GITS live action, I'll pay to see it. I'm part of the problem, I know it.

  • April 15, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I don't know where the lot of you have been...

    by Johnno

    But the live action Akira was announced and being produced by Leo Dicaprio and is going ahead along with Robotech from Tobey Maguire.<br><br>Anyway GITS doesn't have to be a direct adaptation, like how many versions do we have already? The manga, the Oshii films, the StandAlone Complex series... The film can stay true to the material and sprit but doesn't have to be exactly the same.<br><br>I think Spielberg can do it justice. I mean what other directors can you name? Chances are it'll most likely end up with someone worse... I'd rather we cash in now while it's a good thing and have Spielberg do it! Honestly, I loved A.I. I tihnk much of the same atmosphere and sweeping shots would be perfect to bring to life the universe of GITS! The city and locations are as much a character of GITS as the humans, robots and cyborgs... Though i'm mainly referring to the Oshii films. but teh manga had its moments of comedy as did Stand Alone Complex. This would simply be the Spielberg version and I believe that's the best we will probably ever get! And frankly I'm interested to see what he can do with it. The Wachowski Brothers would also be cool, but Spielberg seems much more interesting... somehow feels right...<br><br>I hope the trend goes like this: Spielberg for Ghost in the Shell. James Cameron doing Battle Angel Alita. And the Wachowski Brothers for Neon Genesis Evangelion. If they all can come out in the same year it'd be really fucking awesome!

  • April 15, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I was watching

    by greatmoose

    The other day I was watching SOMETHING, and one of the female characters in it was a dead-ringer for Motoko. For the life of me though, I can't remember what it was. I remember watching it and thinking, "If they ever do a live-action GITS, there's Motoko." She even had a similar haircut. I'm trying to remember...

  • April 15, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    by greatmoose

    Was it Jolene Blalock (ala Enterprise)? I CAN'T REMEMBER!

  • April 15, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Leave well enough alone

    by Araxen

    The anime is one of the greatest ever created. There is no need to make a live action movie.

  • April 15, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    oshii already made a movie...

    by seekshelter

    that he cast a 'Motoko' type character... it was called Avalon... the actresses name was Malgorzata Foremniak

  • April 15, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by Interficium

    They're doing a Mad House "Ultraviolet" anime this summer.

  • April 15, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Gee, what could possibly go wrong HERE?

    by Harry Weinstein

    WAR OF THE WORLDS was so bad they ought to revoke one of the motherfucker's Oscars. Spielberg, if you're so damn interested in GHOST IN THE SHELL, why'd your company do such a pathetic job releasing INNOCENCE? The theatrical run was a joke, and the DVD was an absolute clusterfuck with broken subtitles (on either the feature or the commentary, depending on which version of the DVD you ended up with) and a laughably ugly cover. Fuck off, Spielberg. WAR OF THE WORLDS was almost bad enough to cancel out JAWS on your resume. You could have had your name removed from TRANSFORMERS and did not; I question your taste these days. Hands off GHOST IN THE SHELL; you'll fuck it all up.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Didn't Oshii give open permission

    by Happyfat73

    For other writers ad filmmakers to create works that are set in his GITS universe? I thought I read somewhere that he had.</p> I think that, rather than a remake, it should be a new story set in the same universe... perhaps with the same characters. Heck there is so much potential there for new and different stories, it could be good.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Oops that should have been Masamune Shirow

    by Happyfat73

    .... no Oshii. Apologies, geeks.

  • April 15, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    It's about time Hollywood began to acknowledge Anime properties

    by Stalkeye

    Asde from the Wacky Wachowski's of course.(and then there are those B-grade Guyver films.) A GITS live adaptation might just work, just get Bay the hell away from this project.*shudders*

  • April 15, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Starring Tom Cruise as the Major!

    by bswise

    Just make sure there's lots of implausible Loony Tunes action, gaping plot holes, and maudlin overracting... and you can call it "Spielberg."

  • April 15, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Stop with the "live-action" movies!

    by Violator90

    I may be alone on this but I doubt it; I really don't need to see great anime turned into a "live-action" film. Plain and simple. I just don’t want it. Why? First, GITS was made into a "live-action" movie--The Matrix. The Matrix mirrored GITS from the very essence of what makes GITS so damn good to me. And I was very satisfied with it. Though Reloaded and Revolution was a different matter. I think some one pointed that out already but it screams to be repeated a few times. But I just can't see GITS as a live-action. Anime stands out as a media that is in its very only genre. I love anime for the simple reason that it captures elements of real life that live-action films may not be able to pull off or can't. Then again, this is Spielberg we’re talking about, wanting to bring it to life. Well, didn’t Spielberg said something to the affect that he a big fan or admirer of the Transformers. And how did that turn out? We get a Bay version that practically ignored the source material and disrespected the fans. WAR OF THE WORLDS-sucked coyote ass! A classic story that Spielberg pretty much just shitted on. Let’s face it; Spielberg has not made ANY thing good since CATCH ME IF YOU CAN back in 2002. Every thing since has been mediocre or shitty. Besides, if Hollywood is just churning out fucking disaster superhero movies, AND God awful live-action movies of classic cartoons(The Chippmunks, Scobby Doo, Underdog, Transformers, shall I go on?), what are the odds of an anime live-action turning out descent? Isn’t there a saying: “if you love something let it go and if it comes back it was meant to be.” Well, Spielberg, let GITS go. (Hopefully it will run far, far away.)

  • April 15, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I'd be interested if

    by ewokstew

    they could excise all heavy exposition, tighten the story .

  • April 15, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Bigelow needs Jim Cameron.

    by bioforge

    Point Break and Strange days. Her other stuff nowhere near as notable(wild palms was alrite). But since Jim Cameron is unlikely to be involved, well draw you own conclusions.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Shut yer blubbering!


    If you were(big IF)creative and rich and could do anything... what would you greenlight? I would green light this in a heartbeat, along with Akira and Alita. However, I would also make sure it was done with people who understand the subject matter and could bring the gritty look to life. This is still up in the air if they can pull it off *cough* Aeon Flux *snif*.

  • April 15, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST


    by Bad LT

    For those of us who haven't seen it, can someone give a mostly spoiler free outline of the basic plot, characters, feel?

  • April 16, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by samsquanch

    I think Speilberg is a twat, but I'd love to see this fucking movie.

  • April 16, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Seems to Me..

    by micturatingbenjamin

    That Hollywood has a collection of early 90s anime, and decided to give it a watch..and thus we see projects getting talked about like 'Battle Angel Alita' (Fucking awesome idea, with Cameron at the head...thus it became Dark Angel somehow...)...I hear they're talking Robotech...and there's already a live action Appleseed out there, made in Japan. Fuck man, give it a rest.<p>No more remakes, do-overs, or seen-befores. I'm actually getting irritated with the 'no new ideas' policy of Hollywood. I mean, we're heading into a recession, typically this becomes a 'safe season' for Hollywood, running only 'guaranteed box' flicks. But come on, ease off on the sequels, and 'based ons' that have been done before. I'm looking forward to Dark Knight, but there's part of me understands that I'm hooked through the sack on Batman, and Batman related cultural pap. I've come to grips with that, and the fact that my ass will be in the theater for just about ANY superhero flick.<p>Finally, I'd like to mention Forbidden Kingdom, which looks like a fun fuckin' flick. I can't wait to plunk down my money. Of course, my employer gets me some sweet ass discounts on movie*shrug*...This sounds a little fishy to me.

  • April 16, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST

    oh god, please no spielberg!

    by cloudrider`

    i guess with cameron's professed love for batle angel, and akira and macross live-action looming on the horizon, everybody's jumping on the anime bandwagon now. <p>but spielberg is the wrong guy for ghost. he has the wrong sensibilities. it's in the wachowski/cameron's domain. spielberg would just turn it into brainless family oriented adventure, with a candy sweet ending to boot.

  • April 16, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Akira is very doable...

    by TheBigChill

    I'm not the biggest of manga/anime fans, but I admit that Akira is some of the finest work produced in any medium. Its an incredible story of abuse and sacrifice of youth for 'the greater good'. It isn't a story that is limited to just one culture. I think an Americanized version could be very successful and true to the source. Leonardo DiCaprio isn't an actor that takes on family friendly roles for the sake of large box office returns. He's been the lead in several Scorsese movies, and if that doesn't give one the hint that he is all for integrity, not sure what will. Anyway... the only way this applies is that all those that say "Only a Japanese version will suffice..." are just trying to defend the pieces integrity, which each deserves. Problem is we're judging a product before it has even been produced. Lets see the first of several anime-to-live-action remakes before we start loathing each one. With any luck, one of them will be gold and will give us hope of more to come, and I personally feel Akira can be just that.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by L33TH0TT13

    You know who they should get to write it? This unknown writer called Masamune Shirow. I heard his work is quite good. Also: Please Mr. Arad! Find a way to put Venom in it! We all love him!

  • April 16, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    why do americans suck at futuristic films?

    by cloudrider`

    their visions are so pathetically limited when it comes robots and futuristic world in movies. hollywood have all the money, all the resources, and yet no matter how big the budget is, movies like minority report, i-robot, AI, etc. still look so pale when compared to their animated counterparts, done by japanesse with pencils on paper. <p> i guess the americans should just stick to what they know best - grown up men clad in rainbow colored spandex, fighthing even sillier looking robbers. <p>you want a live-action anime done right? get the japanesse designers/artists/writers/directors reponsible to hollywood and throw money at them. they would create something that all the spielbergs of the world would never even dream of imagining.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:06 a.m. CST

    blade runner didn't suck!

    by dreamweaver13

    I think GITS live action can work. watch blade runner again (the final cut would be nice), and see if you agree. :) Seriously, more than the matrix, i think blade runner is more the parallel of GITS when it comes to mood, atmosphere and concept (a special unit chasing down sentient androids? gasp!). GITS live action doesn't have to be another matrix.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Make sure Motoko is cast as an Asian and not some Gwailo

    by Monkey_King

    it's bad enough so many films meant for lead actors/actresses of other races get cast as caucasian or black. The recent film '21' being another example.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    blade runner

    by cloudrider`

    i like the original director's cut well enough(haven't seen the final cut), but that was decades ago. since then we only have, what... 2, 3 lousy pseudo intelegent scifi? and bladerunner is severely lacking mech. <p>patlabor, appleseed, GITS, macross(robotech my ass!), etc - these are the visions that hollywood's cannot dream up.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    motoko asian?

    by cloudrider`

    you kidding, right? you do know they just put an american kid as lead in the monkey king story - arguably the most famous chinese fable, dont you? <p>and this is spielberg we're talking about. the man is mainstream in heart and bone.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    At least

    by dogstardude

    Neon Genesis Evangelion is still lingering in the eternal purgatory of development hell. Hopefully it shall never come to pass... <p> I think Akira could become one of the great movie trilogies of modern cinema, surpassing or equalling LOTR, Bourne and OT SW. However it is a property that draws much of its strength from the fact that it is profoundly Japanese. Akira is a comment on the repression and unhealthyness of the Japanese obsession with consumerism and spiritual emptiness. There are things in it which form the backbone of the narrative that would become pretty darn stupid if it was transposed to a Euro-centric context.

  • April 16, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    btw does anyone else find the Matrix's central conceit

    by dogstardude

    Really stupid? Neo and Morpheus and all the rest are supposed to be fighting for a representing humanity against "the machine" and yet they're all ridiculously overpowered ubermenschen. They're not humans at all!

  • April 16, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST

    wouldnt it be fuckin great to be spielberg

    by BurgerKing

    You can tell the studios to make whatever fucking movie you want. Want to make a two-part movie of Tin Tin? And get another high level director involved? Sure, whatever you say Steven. <p> Or be powerful enough to just pull nobodies into Hollywood and make them a somebody. Diesel, Ratner, can't think of others right now, but holy shit, these guys don't even have a whole lot of talent but they're set in the industry. <p> Spielberg, your life is great.

  • April 16, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    I get the vibe that people here haven't read the actual comics

    by Damien Chowder

    Those were written and created by Masamune Shirow. The anime movie and series is a let down if you have read the manga. Please Spielberg base it on the comic!!!!!

  • April 16, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan

    by Lost Jarv

    I think everyone in the world has seen a different film to me, I thought the first 20 minutes of SPR was some old fuck looking around a cemetary before dropping to his knees in front of a tombstone as Spielberg attempted to overload the sentiment to such an extent that I physically gagged.<P>Oh, you mean the landing sequence. Never mind, carry on.<P>It's still a horribly overrated movie

  • April 16, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    3D SciFi flick.....

    by Uridium

    Look no further.... Space Hunter Adventures in the Forbidden Zone!

  • April 16, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Hey, Lost Jarv...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...that was fucking hilarious, pal! Kudos to you!<p>Now, I agree with that guy who said that the GitS--BladeRunner parallel is more obvious than the GitS--TheMatrix parallel. The Matrix rips off both.

  • April 16, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    by sillyconjeff

    well at least Uwe Boll didn't get it... I have faith that Spielberg COULD follow through and make something epic with this; rather than bitch out and sell it to the masses. I mean, let's face it: it's not like he needs the money.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    If Hollywood can make good comic book movies.

    by The Outlander

    They should be able to make some good live action anime. They just need the right people to work on them, people that respect the originals.

  • April 16, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    grace park = motoko kusanagi

    by DarthBakpao

    you know you want it.

  • April 16, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Phuk Zhang Ziyi, she does not represent orientals!

    by Damien Chowder

    I'm chinese and I know that she has just as many people that hate her than love. Infact she is classed as a stuck up talentless biotch. Even if she was a nice person she doesn't represent frikkin Asia!! Everytime Hollywood needs an oriental women it's frikkin you know who! And that goes for some folks here too! Branch out a little and watch some more Asian films and you will see Zhang Ziyi is an anorexic Rosie O'Donnel painted yellow. Grace Park is an amazing choice if you are unwilling to hire unknowns. And anyway we should stop recommending Asian actresses as you know they will pick a predominantly white cast and it will star white people lighlty peppered with a few black people and Koreans and Chinese. Remember it's not like Hollywood to hire Japanese people for a Japanese creation. We will do well if we get a Tri-cast actress for the lead. Fuck the fans we need to rope in the casuals! Yours, Hollywood.

  • April 16, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    beatrice arthur = motoko kusanagi

    by snapple_ladys_lazy_eye

    fuck this unoriginal, piece of shit idea. fuck you need to turn an anime into live action for?? so you stupid fuckin actors and directors can feel like you are the characters? Dicaprio and Maguire, I am talking to you, assholes.

  • April 16, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    summer glau = motoko kusanagi

    by DarthBakpao

    you know you want it too

  • April 16, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    An Asian cast and Japanese setting is necessary for this project

    by Christopher3

    The whole post-4th world war back story and political underpinning demands it.

  • April 16, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by khaos751

    I'd like to see this girl get a shot at the role. ....

  • April 16, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    feel you on busted tees

    by troutpencil

    Those women are flagrant.

  • April 16, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    summer glau

    by dreamweaver13

    wow, i think i have to agree on this one! summer glau... she's got the look and the attitude. yum yum. and her ballet moves will come in handy when kusanagi starts roundhousing thugs around. :)

  • April 16, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    and get moving on INTERSTELLAR! Kip Thorne's a busy man, figuring out the universe. He won't wait forever.

  • April 16, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST

    If want to go cyberpunk, why do we still not have SNOWCRASH?

    by antibody

    Snowcrash? Anyone? Anyone?

  • April 17, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    summer glau as tachikoma

    by cloudrider`

    you guys really see this girl kusanagi? why not go get buffy to audition for the role as well? joss whedon is the exact opposite of jj abrams. one recognizes true beauty, the other has shitty taste in women.

  • April 17, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    get maggie q or get an unknown.

    by cloudrider`

    better still... get spielberg another property to piss on, anything else but this!

  • April 17, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Apparently the live action Akira is back into development hell..

    by Kampbell-Kid

    Last I heard was after Blade 1 was released Steven Norrington or the Wachowski's doing it. Guess not...

  • April 17, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Hell no it won't be an R-rated movie...

    by Deviant Apex

    Yeah, I agree w/ everyone saying that it won't be an R-rated movie because it simply won't be. Speilberg's notorious for trying to make movies "appealing to all crowds" rather than specific to one demographic. So yes it will be watered down, and yes it will be crap. That being said, I've always thought that GITS would've been better as a live-action movie, but then again we've already had in some form or another with "The Matrix." So I guess the question is "do we really need GITS made into live-action?"

  • May 3, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is the reanimated corpse of Walt Disney

    by JohnnyNoir

    I mean, my gawd, I haven't gotten over that singin' & dancin' ending in The Color Purple yet. I'm a GITS fan, I'm glad it's being made, I worry that they won't get it (what the story is really about - the effect of technology on our humanity an vice versa). I fear what happened to the Matrix awful sequels will happen(they didn't understand the bigger threads they started in the first film, and went for big & loud mooovie makin'). Do GITS seriously, or don't bother.

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