Scarlett Johansson will star in the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie

Scarlett Johansson, who demonstrated that women make awesome, bankable action stars with last year’s Lucy, has signed up for DreamWorks‘ adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shellaccording to Variety. Rupert Sanders, best known for Snow White and the Huntsman, will direct a script by Bill Wheeler.

The 1995 animated film Ghost in the Shell is itself an adaptation of the manga of the same name. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, the film follows Motoko Kusanaigi and her security agency squad members on their search for a malicious hacker named the Puppet Master. That’s really just the introduction, as the film blooms into a masterpiece about technology, sex, and paranoia.

DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg is a huge fan of the original,” says the report on Variety, “and has long wanted to get this film off the ground.”

Hollywood has a pathetic history of making action films with female leads, but it’s also known to emulate recent successes. With Johansson’s financial and creative hits Lucy and Under the Skin receiving acclaim — not to mention her role in Marvel blockbusters like The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier — her talent and celebrity could be what’s necessary to finally get the film made.

Here’s hoping a live-action film can capture the astonishing beauty of the original’s animation.

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3-Year-Old with a Real Portal Gun

Dreamworks animator and father Daniel Hashimoto has created a new special effects video for his ongoing Action Movie Kid series that shows his little son playing with a real-life version of the portal gun seen in the Portal video game series.

Things get really crazy when the three-year-old creates two connected portals.

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DreamWorks animator, Daniel Hashimoto, turns his kid into an action hero: “Toys ‘R’ Us Visit”

Every parent likes to record and share videos of their kids. They’re young, they’re cute, and you can show them to grandma. But when your dad is an animator for DreamWorks, your run-of-the-mill childhood videos get super-powered…

Daniel Hashimoto, Coolest Dad Ever, has used some do-it-yourself special effects to turn his 3-year-old son James’ everyday playtime into pint-sized, adorably awesome action movies. Under the YouTube account Action Movie Kid, he’s posted videos of James getting into trouble with everything from lightsabers to grappling guns and rocket ships.

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DreamWorks animator, Daniel Hashimoto, turns his kid into an action hero: “McDonald’s Play Place”

Every parent likes to record and share videos of their kids. They’re young, they’re cute, and you can show them to grandma. But when your dad is an animator for DreamWorks, your run-of-the-mill childhood videos get super-powered…

Daniel Hashimoto, Coolest Dad Ever, has used some do-it-yourself special effects to turn his 3-year-old son James’ everyday playtime into pint-sized, adorably awesome action movies. Under the YouTube account Action Movie Kid, he’s posted videos of James getting into trouble with everything from lightsabers to grappling guns and rocket ships.

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DreamWorks animator, Daniel Hashimoto, turns his kid into an action hero: “Toy Lightsaber”

Every parent likes to record and share videos of their kids. They’re young, they’re cute, and you can show them to grandma. But when your dad is an animator for DreamWorks, your run-of-the-mill childhood videos get super-powered…

Daniel Hashimoto, Coolest Dad Ever, has used some do-it-yourself special effects to turn his 3-year-old son James’ everyday playtime into pint-sized, adorably awesome action movies. Under the YouTube account Action Movie Kid, he’s posted videos of James getting into trouble with everything from lightsabers to grappling guns and rocket ships.

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“Ghost in the Shell” to be adapted into a live-action American movie, with Rupert Sanders at helm

 

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Well, it’s official – Ghost in the Shell is going to be adapted into a live-action American movie.

You can probably already hear the screams of die-hard fans pleading with Dreamworks to not ruin the legendary cyberpunk manga and anime franchise. Indeed, there are some things to worry about, such as who is actually going to play the title character, Major Makoto Kusanagi, and if the film won’t be treated like a Matrix knockoff, or worse, Ultraviolet. Who knows if any of those worries are being assuaged by the announcement of Rupert Sanders directing the film.

Currently, Sanders is known less for his directing – his latest film being Snow White and the Huntsman – and more for his now-infamous affair with the star of Huntsman, Kristen Stewart. To top it all off, the film itself has gotten intensely mixed reviews, averaging out mostly to a B letter grade. Huntsman is Sanders’ most widely known film in his small resume, which includes another film,The Juliet, a sci-fi/drama project set to be released sometime in 2015. 

 Rupert Sanders Announced as Ghost in the Shell Director

If there’s any silver lining, it’s that we won’t see Ghost in the Shell in theaters for a while. This adaptation of the manga classic will be in development hell indefinitely because, as Deadline states, Sanders is attached to other projects, such as The Juliet, a possible Huntsman sequel, an epic detailing the battles of Napoleon Bonaparte, police-mafia cat-and-mouse film 90 Church and an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth thriller The Kill List. 

For those not in the know, Ghost in the Shell was created by Masamune Shirow, with its first manga issue released in 1989. The story is set around the characters of Public Security Section 9, a special-ops team living in the fictional futuristic city of Niihama, Niihama Prefecture. The leader of the group is the aformentioned Kusanagi, who, as a small child, suffered a traumatic injury which led to her cyberbrain being transplanted into a full body prosthesis, turning her into a cyborg.

Do you think Sanders will do right by Kusanagi?

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“Ghost in the Shell” to be adapted into a live-action American movie, with Rupert Sanders at helm