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Dreamworks Acquires Rights for Ghost in the Shell

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the who-thinks-they'll-wreck-it dept.

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Anonymous GiTS fan noted a Variety story informing us that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to Ghost in the Shell and has plans to produce a "3D Live Action" version of the popular anime. This happened apparently because Spielberg is a fan. He says "'Ghost in the Shell' is one of my favorite stories ... It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks." I hope they add a talking donkey.

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Not Spielburg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089708)

actually it's spelt "Spielberg"

Re:Not Spielburg (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089772)

You'd think so, but actually Stephen Spielburg is Steven Spielberg's non-union equivalent. Sort of like Senor Spielbergo is his Mexican non-union equivalent.

You might think it odd that he would have his own non-union counterpart working at his company Dreamworks, but actually that's a typo in the summary. The actual company that bought the rights is Dreamworks' non-union equivalent, Dreemwerx.

Re:Seen it (Matrix) (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090116)

> "3D Live Action" version of the popular anime.

As opposed to what? the matrix?

Re:Seen it (Matrix) (3, Funny)

BForrester (946915) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090680)

2D Live Action
3D Dead Action
3D Live Comedy
1D Live Drama
4D Dead Romance ...the possible permutations are endless. Use your imagination.

Re:Not Spielburg (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090158)

ACQUIRES.

NOT AQUIRES.

Are the editors here mentally deficient or something?

Re:Not Spielburg (2, Insightful)

Poltras (680608) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090296)

You must be new here.

also didn't aquire (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090580)

actually it acquired

It's not true! (1)

ductonius (705942) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089710)

They've stolen your eyes!

Plot Feel (2, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089712)

Does anyone else get a sort of Outer Limits/Twilight Zone feel when they watch Ghost in the Shell? I've only been exposed to what's on Adult Swim but for some reason I liken each episode to those shows. Something odd or peculiar is happening and there is a startling revelation at the end of the episode. I know on the surface it's just a police thriller with sci-fi themes of artificial intelligence and robotics but I still get this feel. I also get the same feel when reading a Philip K. Dick or some of Ray Bradbury's short stories.

Then again, when watch Cowboy Bebop I feel like it's modern day Clint Eastwood western with the shiny veneer of space. And I just read The Watchmen for the first time last week and it felt more like a philosophical analysis of power than a simple graphic novel.

Despite what many times goes wrong with movie adaptations, I welcome this as it will expose the Ghost in the Shell themes to younger people without the insane licensing fees I've come across when trying to acquire this anime.

Re:Plot Feel (4, Informative)

blanks (108019) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090206)

If you haven't seen the original version of the first ghost in the shell then you should find a copy of it and watch it. The SAC mini series is great; but the surreal feeling you are talking about from stand alone complex is minimal when compared to the full original movie :)

Re:Plot Feel (2, Insightful)

Maavin (598439) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090660)

That's true. (Well.. it IS a Mamoru Oshii movie..) BUT! SAC ist way more true to Shirow's style than anything else.

Re:Plot Feel (2, Interesting)

andphi (899406) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090386)

I'm extremely wary of this and rather unconvinced that it's even necessary. There are already two GiTS movies. They were both really cool. The pacing on Innocence was very different from GiTS, but the slower pace gives the artists space. The whole thing is really a wheels-within-wheels plot, as another poster has said. Hollywood will either make it quickly and shoddily or take six years (like they did bringing A Scanner Darkly to the screen).

But to answer your question, I see it as a police/geopolitical thriller with heavy cyberpunk and philosophical overtones. I can also see how you would get that feeling. Just looking at the way the movies run (I own both and catch GiTS on TV when I can), the plots do tend toward the late revelation which suddenly pulls everything together (and times turns everything sideways at the same time).

Ambivelant about this (5, Informative)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089718)

I don't know. On one hand, sounds like a good idea. On the other, some crappy Hollywood writer will find a way to fuck it up.

It will suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089786)

Why did the owners sell it? Didn't it make enough money for them?

They simply couldn't have run out of ideas.

I am pretty bummed about this.

Good idea? Spielberg??? (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089870)


Good idea? The person responsible for the suger-fest that was A.I.? Watch out for the new Ghost In The Shell version where aliens give her a human body at the end and the bullets never actually hit anyone.

Re:Good idea? Spielberg??? (1)

Darundal (891860) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090020)

Yeah, although I disagree with your use of AI as an example (sorry, liked it, although the less enjoyable bits were supposedly the ones written by Kubrick) I see no way that Spielberg will keep the originals ending, and the long conversations probably won't be reworked to occur in bits and pieces throughout the movie (or their points preserved through any other means) but probably tossed altogether. I foresee something more along the lines of T3 coming out of this.

Re:Good idea? Spielberg??? (2, Informative)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090456)

I think the OP means that a live action version is a good idea, not necessarily a Spielberg version.

Re:Ambivelant about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089940)

Definitly since the scripts for it will come out from Avi Arad, spielberg a few others and not the original creators, it will lead to dull with little intrigue and shallow twists mostly relieing on the actual good visual artists/animators/programmers dreamworks employs.

Its the downfall of one of the greatest animes ever made.

Re:Ambivelant about this (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090006)

As GITS2:Innocence demonstrated, even the people who should know what they're doing could fuk* it up.

(* I'm at work.)

3D Anime... (1)

sadgoblin (1269500) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089728)

No thanks, anime must stay anime. (just look at the 3D hentai!!! /*jokingly*/)

Re:3D Anime... (1)

kirbysuperstar (1198939) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090204)

I thought Appleseed was done well.

Re:3D Anime... (1)

PitViper401 (619163) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090320)

I can see Appleseed being the forefather of the next generation of anime. The 3D work in Appleseed was handled brilliantly.

Of course we will have stylized 3D (3, Insightful)

PMBjornerud (947233) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090614)

I can see Appleseed being the forefather of the next generation of anime. The 3D work in Appleseed was handled brilliantly.
Anime is stylized cartoons. 2D.

And yeah, we are certainly going to have a form of stylized 3D. The scifi-subset of anime sounds like a very obvious candidate for pioneering work in the field.

Hand-drawing every single frame of a movie just doesn't make sense these days. Computers can draw much better for the same price, and a director can do things like change his mind about a scene and redraw it. Humans are slightly less happy to see their hard labor being scrapped. And the particle effects and physics are plain evil difficult to draw. That's a bunch of reasons off the top of my head.

Yes, I know there is a lot more to anime than "stylized 2D". But with computers doing the 3D drudge work the designers can focus on getting all the storyline, atmosphere and artistic details just right.

they better do naruto next (2, Funny)

OrochimaruVoldemort (1248060) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089746)

it is way more popular and has a large fan-base in america

Re:they better do naruto next (1, Troll)

Neotrantor (597070) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090080)

fat fucking chance

let me clarify it for you:

geeks and nerds like GiTS

dorks and spazzes like naruto, same with bleach

it's not even on the same level of "cool"

Re:they better do naruto next (1)

_bug_ (112702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090082)

by that thinking Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z should be next.

Re:they better do naruto next (4, Informative)

LocoMan (744414) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090314)

Your wish shall be granted (at least half of it).. 8^)

A Dragon Ball movie is already on the works, set to be released in 2009.

IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1098327/ [imdb.com]
Leaked photos: http://themovingpicture.net/new-dragonball-set-photos [themovingpicture.net]

Re:they better do naruto next (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090370)

And Robotech. (First person to say "no, Macross" is gonna get pistol-whipped. In the US something named Robotech would make 5x as much money as something named Macross, even if it's the same movie.)

Re:they better do naruto next (1)

Pad-Lok (831143) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090546)

Robotech? Macross? Nonono, I wants some heavymetal! BATTLETECH! No guts, no galaxy!

Re:they better do naruto next (5, Insightful)

ForumTroll (900233) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090188)

More evidence that popularity is not an indication of quality.

Dumbed down for North America? (5, Interesting)

Digital_Quartz (75366) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089752)

When I first read this, I thought "Cool!" I'm a big fan of the anime. However, with a series like Ghost in the Shell, one almost has to worry that Hollywood will take the signature wheels-within-wheels plot lines will and severely dumb them down for us "simpleton audiences" on this side of the big pond. Hopefully not; we'll have to wait and see.

Re:Dumbed down for North America? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089998)

However, with a series like Ghost in the Shell, one almost has to worry that Hollywood will take the signature wheels-within-wheels plot lines will and severely dumb them down for us "simpleton audiences" on this side of the big pond. Hopefully not; we'll have to wait and see.
I feel you, I hope they use the same voice actors as from the series and 3rd movie.

yesh (2, Funny)

nawcom (941663) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089754)

3d bewbs -n- bullets ftw.

Submitter (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089756)

Better shut his whore mouth!

Anime.. A genre whose time has *come*?? (-1, Flamebait)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089780)

Anime is nothing more than a legal outlet for the pent up frustrations of pedophiles. The cutesy art is designed to make the women characters seem more childlike and yet is unabashedly sexualizing and fetishizing the pre-pubescent female form.

Spielberg's comment on the timeliness of the genre seems a bit behind the times. Anime as a medium of storytelling has long since passed into the great abyss. Only hardcore fans and toddlers watch the crap now.

Which is not to say that there isn't good anime out there. Grave of the Fireflies is a terrific movie which is made possible because of the medium. Most of the other crap out there, especially the idiotic futurism of Ghibli, deserves less attention than Japanophiles like to give it.

Re:Anime.. A genre whose time has *come*?? (3, Insightful)

gomiam (587421) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089912)

Anime is nothing more than a legal outlet for the pent up frustrations of pedophiles.

Which is not to say that there isn't good anime out there.

Make up your mind: it's either good, bad or just another medium out there, no more prone (nor less) to being misused than any other comic (or any kind of art, actually). For some definition of misused, that is.

Re:Anime.. A genre whose time has *come*?? (5, Insightful)

Tejin (818001) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089950)

Anime.. a genre? What are you talking about? Anime is a medium like live action and cg. The genre Spielberg is talking about would be cyberpunk. All your bizarre opinions about the medium aside, your post is based on a flawed premise. Ghost in the Shell is closer to Blade Runner than it is to Sailor Moon.

Re:Anime.. A genre whose time has *come*?? (3, Interesting)

_bug_ (112702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090134)

the medium is CG or cel animation. anime is the genre of japanese animation. the genre is also cyberpunk. amazingly enough movies can belong to more than one genre.

sigh... (4, Interesting)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089806)

as a GitS fan, I should be excited by this, but why do i have a feeling that Hollywood will water-down, bastardize and destroy everything that makes the original great?

(and yes, i am talking about the beautiful nude scenes with the stealth suits breaking off. it was beautifully done.)

please, be faithful to the original.

Re:sigh... (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089852)

see. i told you it's all about the bewbs -n- bullets.

Re:sigh... (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090140)

as a GitS fan, I should be excited by this, but why do i have a feeling that Hollywood will water-down, bastardize and destroy everything that makes the original great?

Well established precedent?

Seriously, until recently any treatment of a comic-book or video game inspired subject was done completely badly by Hollywood. X-Men and some of the better ones seem to have done a good job by being true to the material. But, you still get some pretty badly done adaptations as the one studio decides that since another studio did well with a good comic adaptation, they should be able to get away with one too.

The problem is, sometimes the people adapting the material don't understand it, don't respect it, and don't know what to do with it. The result is something that the core fans don't like, that the people who have never heard of it can't figure out, and generally turns out to be a crappy movie.

I have no confidence whatsoever that Dreamworks can capture the feel and mood of Ghost in the Shell. I think you'll end up with some POS film adaptation which will be overly clunky and gimmicky, and it won't be able to tell a story. Some things are best left in anime since you have so much more freedom with the medium.

This all comes down to who does it -- get Bryan Singer or someone who has been able to deal with some of the Marvel stuff well, and you have a chance. Get Uwe Boll, and we're all screwed. :-P

Cheers

Re:sigh... (3, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090218)

Actually, looking more closely at TFA ...

Avi Arad is at the forefront of comicbook-based material, having produced the three "Spider-Man" films, the three "X-Men" movies, the two "Fantastic Four" picss and the upcoming "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk."

Those are the ones which seem to have actually been able to understand the material and do it well.

There could actually be some hope for this if they get a production team who is capable of being true to the material and writing a good story.

Cheers

Re:sigh... (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090558)

Most of those are rubbish, though. If you want someone who's enthusiastic about the character and not just capitalizing on the "superhero craze" (Rise of the Silver Surfer? good grief that was horrid, to say nothing of X3 or Spiderman 3), you need to go with someone else. Nolan did a decent job with Batman Begins, Singer did a good one with the first 2 X-Men (but not Superman Returns), but neither can work alone. Singer's been saved by fantastic editing in the past (Usual Suspects I give credit almost entirely to the editor; Singer had no clue what he was even making if you watch interviews and commentary), so I don't trust him on his own but if he has the right people around him he can make something really good.

Whoever directed the new Iron Man movie (I'm too lazy to check right now) seems to have potential, although until I see the movie I can't say for sure.

As for who I would personally want to adapt anime I like (GitS NOT being one of them; I find Shirou's work overrated and generally everything Production I.G. does to be trash), I'd have to pick Edward Zwick or possibly Christophe Gans. Zwick in particular seems to know what he's doing in all aspects of film-making.

Why I despise superhero movies (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090436)

My problem with superhero movies is that they stay *TOO* close to the original material. Things that look good and cool on a comic book page often look silly in live-action (like most superhero costumes, which just look goofy in the real world). And stories that fit right in the cliched, soap opera-level world of comic books are horrible when translated to a more sophisticated cinematic world.

Basically, the vast majority of superhero movies are filled with cliched, one-dimensional heroes and villains; with plots that are laughably predictable and pedestrian. They're nothing more than FX showcases and the chance for some a-list actors to take home a big paycheck (or for some b-listers to BECOME a-listers). They're shit, they've pretty much always been shit, and they probably always will be shit. And adherence to the "original material" won't make any difference in that regard.

In the end--no matter how great the origin story is--they always end up in the stupid costume, fighting the cardboard villain, and winning the predictable victory.

I will grant an exception to two superhero movies which I do like: Superman 1 (which is the only truly *epic* superhero movie I've ever seen) and "Mystery Men" (which is a bit of a parody, but has a lot of heart).

Re:Why I despise superhero movies (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090662)

My problem with superhero movies is that they stay *TOO* close to the original material. Things that look good and cool on a comic book page often look silly in live-action (like most superhero costumes, which just look goofy in the real world). And stories that fit right in the cliched, soap opera-level world of comic books are horrible when translated to a more sophisticated cinematic world.

Well, I would say that some of the recent ones have been pretty good. The X-Men series and Spiderman for instance tried to stay pretty close to the originals, while tweaking some of the elements to adapt to screen better. They've been remarkably successful in the box office, and they provide us with some of the best examples of an adaptation of a comic which treats the material well. The fans of the original material have generally been on-board for those ones.

Now, arguably, they're still not Shakespeare. But, they're sort of expected to still remain as popcorn flicks -- they are entertainment, and by necessity have a certain requirement to remain somewhat over the top. However, the better ones also show some of the angst and problems that the superheroes face, so it's not completely one-dimensional. X-Men even poked fun at the superhero costumes.

And, really, let's face it -- a comic-inspired super hero movie better be an FX fest. As long as they're well done, drive the story forward, and show us the amazing things that we expect, that's a good thing. If it becomes a pure FX spectacle with weak writing, no discernible plot, and nothing genuine ... it's going to suck. And, nothing will fix that.

Anyway, I guess we'll wait and see how the Hulk and Iron Man turn out this year -- since they're by the same people who did the X-Men, Spiderman, and will be associated with Ghost in the Shell, that might give us a sense if they're still trying to do a decent job with the material.

I have a slightly warmer feeling to this project knowing that the guys who have done the only decent comic adaptations are doing this one.

Cheers

dreamworks?! no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089816)

I for one fine this highly distressing and upsetting.

also in worse news angelina is tipped to be the major.

Dub GiTS2: Innocence (2, Interesting)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089820)

How about releasing a version of GiTS2: Innocence that's dubbed into English first for those of us who want to be able to look at the art and not have to read all the subtitles?

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (0, Troll)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090138)

look at the art

Translated: stare at animated tits while listening to poor low-budget voice acting.

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (1)

Kamineko (851857) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090574)

They should so SO SO do that. Everybody would be voiced by Eric Stuart (and sound like Brock from Pokémon), Dan Green (and sound like Yami from Yu-Gi-Oh!) or Cam Clarke (and sound like Leonardo from TMHT). AWESOME!

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090246)

at the risk of being branded an ignorant American:

Yes, Please.
I've watched the subtitled version plenty. I even took my sons to see it in the theatre. I sure would like to watch it with my eyes and let my ears do some work too.

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090294)

How about releasing a version of GiTS2: Innocence that's dubbed into English first for those of us who want to be able to look at the art and not have to read all the subtitles?

There is an English dub already out, its done by some of the cast from stand alone complex so the voice acting is reasonable. You just need to have a look round to find it.

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (4, Insightful)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090576)

Happily, when they can actually release a dub with quality voice actors - as in, sometime around never.

Voice acting for big releases in Japan pays well and is a huge business - think of the star quality you get in a Disney movie.

Dubs of anime films are usually done by studios specializing in bringing as many anime films over as possible as cheap as possible, and use voice acting roughly on par with cheap children's programs.

It's like watching Star Wars with Sir Alec Guinness's award winning voice replaced by some guy just out of community college theatre, who is also doing the voice of Leia using a bad falsetto.

Combine that with the consistent problem of bad obnoxious translations ("Believe it!") and the core, unavoidable issue that different languages have entirely different pacings to them (ie, trying to fit the whole english translation of a sentence into the same amount of time as the japanese sounds ridiculously forced and unnatural) and you can see why quite a few people would really prefer subtitles. With a little practice you can read it fast enough to go watch the screen at the same time. I've noticed it's only people who have only watched one or two subbed movies in their life who seem to have problems keeping up with it -- but most of them pick it up fairly well by the end of a series.

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090672)

I understand. But the Ghost in the Shell movie (the first) was dubbed, and the two series (Stand Alone Complex 1 & 2) were also dubbed, all with the same actors (those who seem to be responsible for half the Anime that hits the US). It's not like they don't have decent actors.

Re:Dub GiTS2: Innocence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090698)

Learn Japanese

What Is Left To Cover? (2, Insightful)

EXTomar (78739) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089838)

Sure Ghost in the Shell is quality hard edge cyberpunk style sci-fi but as far as I can tell there is nothing left in the story to tell. This probably means that anything Dreamworks makes will be a rehash of previous material which isn't automatically bad but not something some will automatically look forward too.

I predict some cyber-gang up to cyber-shenanigans vs Public Security Section 9 with a ethical/philosophical twist. It can work but they better not slack on the quality or they'll risk alienating the mainstream and the hard core fan base.

Re:What Is Left To Cover? (1)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090010)

The TV series takes place in a different universe from the movies, and had a lot more going for it IMHO. The slightly more episodic storytelling gives a new life to it. (Plus everything was well-lit so you could actually see what was going on.)

What I'm trying to say is the story is only dead-ended if they try to stick with the movie setting. They could do something new with the characters without killing the whole thing.
=Smidge=

Re:What Is Left To Cover? (1)

xhrit (915936) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090548)

I predict some middle eastern terrorists trying to get wmd to iran vs a US version ov Public Security Section 9 with a heavy action / maximum bodycount twist.

It will never work without alienating the hard core fan base, but the mainstreamers will love it because it has boobs and guns and the US always wins.

Another GitS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089894)

..because three movies and two television seasons weren't enough.

ANIME = GARBAGE (-1)

peterpressure (940132) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089898)

sorry I just had to say that in typical troll fashion...

Twofo Goatse (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23089900)

Goatse. [twofo.co.uk] [goatse.ch]

You nerds love it.

Why why why? (1)

bpgslashdotaccount (1221626) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089902)

As a piece of art the anime can definitely stand alone.

Oh lawd (2, Funny)

TSRX (1129939) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089990)

Why do I get the feeling that Tom Cruise is somehow gonna get cast in the movie?

Spielberg, eh? (3, Funny)

jockeys (753885) | more than 6 years ago | (#23089994)

Great, now she's gonna be running around fighting baddies with... a RADIO. And they will be shooting back at her... with RADIOS.

Re:Spielberg, eh? (0)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090664)

You're confusing Spielberg with Lucas.

Here's hoping.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090002)

Here's hoping they get Jessica Alba to play the part of the Major. I can't wait to see a full body shot of her in her stealth suit...

Re:Here's hoping.... (1)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090170)

Depends on what she does after her baby. Here's to hoping Jessica Alba bounces back to the point that no one can tell she ever had a baby.

A live action Ghost in the shell? So much more is possible with anime. One also gets the side bonus of it actually being cheaper to make. No too much insurance for voice acting only. No need to pay a city to have as the setting for the show.

Wary (1)

bxwatso (1059160) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090016)

What makes GITS my favorite anime is the extremely well crafted plot with a lot of analysis for today's reality.

I don't want a bigger budget for smoother animation because that ususally leads to suits cutting up the message and focus groups dumbing down the plot.

There is nothing good that can come from Hollywood taking over this classic.

Re:Wary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090476)

Agreed, its the downfall of a great anime!

Majority of their works are shallow and mediocre relying heavily on CG visual artists/programmers/animators to 'wow' the audience while the rest falls flat down as a fastfood movie with little to no thinking involved at all to understand and apreciate the contradictions and fights of high tech cyborg(and other) technology while always focusing on the deep impact on all levels of human society raising from phylosophical conflicts down to(related with) political, enterprise(buziness companies) and comon citizen crimes.

Seriously spielberg and others around him don't have the intelectual talent to pull out deep well thought and intrigued plots, they just grab a vulgar ordinary crime scene place a quick shallow emotion short scene, and jump back on 'persuit and shoot down the bad guy with explosions on the background' and the end! while ur thinking the waist of money you spent on the ticket (popcorn and beverage?).

Again? (1)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090034)

I'm not worried about what Dreamworks may do to GitS, and that's because last time I checked they had optioned the rights to Casshern, and haven't done a thing with that, either.

Oh God no.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090038)

This is going to be a train wreck. Is nothing sacred? Cate Blanchett as Kusunagi and The Rock as batou in 5-4-3...

Ugh. Dreamworks. (1)

Bloodwine (223097) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090044)

Does this mean it'll be littered with pop and soft rock music?

One of the things I like about Pixar is the more traditional score approach they take instead of a "Best of" soundtrack approach of Dreamworks.

Re:Ugh. Dreamworks. (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090696)

But... Spielberg doesn't take the "best of" approach. He takes the "John Williams go write music for me" approach, which is as traditional as you can possibly get.

Donkey? (5, Funny)

UncHellMatt (790153) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090056)

"I hope they add a talking donkey."

Sorry, but I believe Hillary will be on the campaign trail for at least a little while longer.

/me ducks

The major question on my mind... (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090100)

Who's going to play the Tachikoma [wikipedia.org] ?

I'm hoping the Original Actor [kokaku-s.com] , seen here having fun in Japan.

I don't know if this is one that Jim Carrey could pull off.

Ryan Fenton

Re:The major question on my mind... (1)

Kamineko (851857) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090676)

Who's going to play the Tachikoma?

Ryan Fenton

I'm not exactly sure that would work. Don't let me discourage you; you should definitely audition.

Audience like me (3, Insightful)

madsenj37 (612413) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090110)

They may not go after the anime audience, expecting them to watch weather or not it is good. If they do this right, many people will go see it. It has very deep and Matrix-like ideas (I believe Ghost came first). I am not a fan of anime, but I have seen the first Ghost In The Shell movie and enjoyed it. I watched it in a college film class on movie theater equipment. It all has to do with marketing it properly.

Re:Audience like me (4, Informative)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090372)

It has very deep and Matrix-like ideas (I believe Ghost came first).


Just an FYI for future reference, the manga was released between 1989-1991, and the trade made it's appearence in English in 1995. The first movie (which covers a small part of the storyline in the Manga, and is VERY different in both tone and style) came out in 1995.

The Matrix, if I'm not mistaken, came out in 1999.

Important revelation announcement (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090154)

Greetings,!!! hello all anime viewers it has come to our attention that you are all gay homosexuals who sex with men anally in their butts.

Just what we need (2, Insightful)

blanks (108019) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090160)

Another amazing anime story line that will be destroyed with American directors dumbing it down to be a blockbuster hit.

I don't expect this to be a good thing in anyway. A great example would be what hollywood did to the aeon flux comic book / cartoon.

As long as (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090234)

I think this is a fantastic idea that has tons of potential...so long as they stick to the animated movie.

Don't get me wrong, I prefer the tone and happenings and style of the Manga over the Movie, but I think the style and tone of the movie makes for a better movie.

Much of the humour and style in the original manga would be damn near impossible to duplicate on the screen. They could easily do things super-serious and philisophical, which is the way I hope they end up going.

It MUST be R-rated! (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090236)

If they release a PG-13 version for the theaters and then an "unrated" version on DVD (OK, Blu-Ray) I'm boycotting on moral principle. It's gotta be the cussin-hard-drinkin-chain-smokin-inappropriate-office-attire- runnin-around-nekkid-sexual-tension-filled-hundred-million-bullets version fans will expect, or all that CGI will be for naught.

Fact of life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090238)


So the world fringes on post mortem [bbc.co.uk] , and everyone is busy wetting themselves over a cartoon. I guarantee this story will recieve far more pointless comments then any other current ongoings.

Bravo humanity.

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel (1)

_bug_ (112702) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090262)

The original GitS movie is like the original Matrix. Unique (when you first saw it), exciting, fun, and a total mind fuck.

Then the sequels came.

The gold has been polished off this statue. Now it's just a lump of lead.

Re:Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090578)

How can you call the first Matrix film "Unique", when one of the many sources it stole so liberally from was indeed the GitS movie?

Obviously it added its own elements to the blend, but somewhat like that terrible Judge Dredd movie suffered due to Robocop, I can't see a way to remake Ghost In The Shell without being accused of ripping off The Matrix by people who don't know any better.

How to make the film flop (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090302)

Just give it a sub-title:

"Ghosts In The Shell - from the animation style that brought you 'Marine Boy [wikipedia.org] '

please clarify.. (3, Funny)

atamagabakkaomae (1241604) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090304)

3-D live-action feature
A CG 3D render movie?
A 3D vision movie you watch through red-green glasses?
A 3D first person shooter?
All of the that? None of that?

I hate this already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090306)

Prepare yourselves for another braindead film. A shell without the ghost.

the second sentence should actually read: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090328)

This happened apparently because Spielburg is a fag.

My 2 Cents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090352)

I think they should do something ground-breaking and earth-shattering with this series. 3D live action is old hat, 4D live action or even taking it down a notch to 2D live action would be interesting. Whatever, I guess GiTS the series syndicated will be pulled from adultswim now, tsk.

Finally, a definitive answer to the question (5, Funny)

noewun (591275) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090360)

"Is there anything Hollywood won't shit on?"

So, let's see: Tom Cruise can play Batou. I know Batou is suppoed to be a big dude, and Tom Cruise is 4' 10", but I'm sure Cruise's face can easily be CGI'd onto a big, special effects body. Maybe they can also CGI in some acting ability. Jessica Simpson can play the Major. I know she's not Japanese--hell, she's a blonde--but what does that matter? We can wrap her in some tight, revealing costumes and no one will notice her from the neck up! She's made for the part! And instead of Japan, it can take place in L.A. And instead of hunting criminal, they'll hunt terrorists. Or maybe people who are mean to puppies. Or they guy who yesterday put whole milk instead of skim into Spielberg's latte.

Now, please excuse me while I got stick forks in my eyes.

A talking Donkey (3, Funny)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090426)

> I hope they add a talking donkey.

Slightly O/T, but this brings up an interesting question: can't anybody in the world use Jar-Jar Binks without legally infringing on Lucas' copyright, since Binks is a pre-packaged parody of himself? (The same would apply to the donkey in Shrek, though perhaps more so since he's just Eddie Murphy and is the same character in so many things it would be hard to argue a new copyright existed just because he was a talking ass.)

--
IANAL. This post is a joke. If you use it as legal advice, you probably deserve to get sued.

How many ways could this suck.... (1)

arcsimm (1084173) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090458)

As much as I want to hope for this to be awesome, I can't help but think it'll be a disaster. Even if GitS manages to make the journey through Hollywood and its myriad screenwriters, producers, and directors with themes, plots, a characters mostly intact, it'd probably end up getting panned by critics as "unoriginal" and "heavily derivative of The Matrix." Maybe I'll be surprised. I'm not counting on it, though.

hollywood manga? (3, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090516)

*puts on vader helmet* DO NOT WANT!!!!!!!\

If Spielberg was a REAL fan.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090524)

...He should have donated to the GiTS project instead of simply buying it off and doing what he thinks is right.

I for one will sorely miss the titlesongs by Origa

Well bang goes the Japanese then (2, Insightful)

thewils (463314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090562)

I watched GiTS in the original Japanese, then I started to watch an episode overdubbed in English. Man the voices sucked. For me GiTS is nothing without Atsuko Tanaka's rendering of the Major. If they switch to English they've gone and lost at least one customer.

burg or berg? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23090602)

"Spielberg"...

S-p-i-e-l-b-e-r-g.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speilberg

forget donkeys (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090608)

I hope they add a talking donkey.

I hope they add lesbians! Or rather, add them back (the manga spent a little time on the Major's "preferences".)

Depth (1)

NotFamousYet (937650) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090640)

In my eyes, GITS provides a very deep reflexion on the nature of what might become. In particular, it has been a pioneer in issues such as transhumanism, the impact of AI vs biological intelligence, the nature and value of interpersonal relations, the changes in the notion of self and identity in a world where you can change your body as if it were a utility, and the cutural impact of "dehumanization". I sincerely hope Spielberg can capture the depth of the movies and series.

Casting for Motoko Kusanagi. (1)

sidragon.net (1238654) | more than 6 years ago | (#23090722)

I believe there is only one woman [google.com] who qualifies for the lead role. See search the search results for clarification.

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