Japanese manga's fans are going to be treated with a 3-D film version of "Ghost in the Shell". According to Variety, DreamWorks Pictures have acquired screening rights to the Masamune Shirow's Japanese cyberpunk manga and the studio allegedly plan on developing the manga adaptation as a 3-D live-action movie.
Allegedly, the success of DreamWorks in nailing the rights cannot be separated from acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg as his effort in negotiating for the project as well as his personal interest in it overshadowed Universal and Sony's offers. Revealing his enthusiasm on getting the project, the "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" helmer stated, "'Ghost in the Shell' is one of my favorite stories. It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks."
"Ghost", which has been made into anime film adaptations, anime TV series as well as videogames, centers on Motoko Kusanagi, a member of secret operations unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, Section 9, who is being exploited. The manga adaptation thriller will reportedly be produced by the producer of "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk", Avi Arad, and Steven Paul. The script is going to be provided by Jamie Moss, who wrote "Street Kings".