From Neighbours To Wolf Of Wall Street To An Enduring Anime Classic

That's quite the cinematic journey being taken by ex-Neighbours actress Margot Robbie. According to Deadine, Robbie is currently in talks to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, one of the most popular animes ever released in the west.

No idea which character she would be playing, but you'd have to assume she's up for the role of Motoko Kusanagi, the main character in the original anime movie. That being said, the Ghost in the Shell universe has expanded since that release with the well received series Stand Alone Complex.

Steven Spielberg's production company Dreamworks acquired the rights to produce a live action version of Ghost in the Shell back in 2008 and the movie has been in production limbo ever since. Jamie Moss was originally hired to write the script, but was reportedly replaced by Laeta Kalogridis, who wrote Shutter Island. More recently Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, was reportedly helming the film with William Wheeler on script duties. Seems like no-one really knows what the hell is going on with the production. This is Hollywood, I guess this is how it all works.

Regardless, I'd be keen to watch a live action version of Ghost in the Shell. The anime classic had such a unique aesthetic and feel. Surely some visionary director can do it justice? I think of all the anime classics out there, Ghost in the Shell might have the best chance of working as live-action movie.


    Margot Robbie is actually a suprisingly good actor. I hated her character the least in wolf on wall street.

    The thing is that Ghost in The Shell deals with a lot of heavy shit so i just hope they do it justice.

      Totally agree with, I hope they just don't its a plain old cyborg cop movie.

    A lot of people are making the whole "she's not Japanese" debate, and I think it's pretty ridiculous when it's a story about cyborgs and anyone could be the shell.
    Obviously we wont see as deep themes throughout the live action, but I feel like it could at least make an interesting movie compared to others.

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      I don't know about that. The fact that the major always chooses bodies that are superficially similar to what her biological one might have grown up into is actually a pretty key character point. Hell it's one of the only intimate details that the audience is ever given about the Major.

      Still, I see you're point. It's a hell of a lot less jarring and embarrassing than white Goku.

    Speaking of Hollywood anime adaptions, whatever happened to James Cameron's plans to do an adaption of Gunnm / Battle Angel Alita? I have a lot more faith in him pulling that off than I have of any Hollywood writer or director being able to do justice to Ghost in the Shell.

      he had to do a bunch of Avatar sequels but he says once that is done that then he will make it. I swear he's been saying he was going to make this movie since the super nintendo days

    production limbo
    Such sweet words. I have no faith in Hollywood to produce an adaptation of this kind of material that could be described as a "quality" film.

    I'm scared. I'm scared they will ruin it. Yet a second ago I was so excited. I don't know.

      They WILL ruin it. Look what Hollywood did with Aeon Flux. It was mainly a vehicle for Charlize Theron in a catsuit.

      How are they going to convey the complexities of the GITS animated movie?

      Also, Margot Robbie is blonde. Major Matoko Kusanagi better not be blonde. Or should I say Major Matilda Kensington / western female name.

    They should use the original soundtrack from the film. I just couldn't imagine a GITS without those haunting tunes.

      I greatly prefer Yoko Kanno's OST (SAC).

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