Ghost In the Shell Live-Action Script Draft Incoming!

Steven Spielberg, filmmaker and part-time game designer, plans to make a live action version of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell futuristic cop manga. Scribe Laeta Kalogridis is hard at work on the screenplay.

At a recent Q&A for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (she wrote the script), Kalogridis revealed that she'll "turn in a draft in a few weeks". According to website ANN, the screenwriter was cautiously optimistic about the Hollywood adaptation, adding, "Cross your fingers, guys — [it has a] female lead."

"I can say that Ghost in the Shell was a seminal visual experience," she told UGO.com last month. "It has spawned so much amazing — not just direct stuff, like the television series — but The Matrix and the evolution of cyberpunk. For me, it is an meaningful as [William Gibson's] Neuromancer."

DreamWorks has the film rights to Ghost in the Shell and plans on making the film in 3D. Kalogridis, who executive produced Avatar, replaced writer Jamie Moss, who had joined the project in 2008.

Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989 and then turned into an anime in 1995, a animated feature sequel and two television anime. Since then it has also been made into games for the PlayStation, PS2 and PSP.

Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Script Draft in Few Weeks [Anime News Network] [Pic]