Laeta Kalogridis Writing DreamWorks' Ghost in the Shell 3D
by Alex Billington
October 23, 2009
Some news today on the anime front. Variety is reporting that DreamWorks has hired screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis to adapt the Ghost in the Shell manga into a futuristic live-action 3D police thriller. It was first discovered that DreamWorks, under Steven Spielberg's supervision, would be bringing this anime to life on the big screen in 3D more than a year ago. Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was originally hired to write the first draft, but now Kalogridis is taking over. Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce, but Spielberg isn't named any more. I really hope she knows what she'd doing!
Ms. Kalogridis has had a very interesting change of fate over the past few years. The 44-year-old writer previously wrote Alexander and Pathfinder, two movies that not only flopped at the box office, but were downright awful. Out of nowhere, she adapted Shutter Island for Martin Scorsese to direct, and so far that looks great. Now she's writing Ghost in the Shell and is also credited for the Battle Angel adaptation that James Cameron is still attached to direct. I really hope that Shutter Island wasn't just a fluke, because I don't want to see Ghost in the Shell get screwed up. It has so much potential as a good live-action movie!