RE-MAKE ALERT: Ghost in the Shell

by Irma Arkus

Another remake (ugh!) has been announced. On the heel of recent announcement of Akira rights purchased for a live remake, Dreamworks announced it acquired the rights to “Ghost in the Shell,” with Stephen Spielberg helming the project.

Spielberg is, apparently, a great fan of the animated film, and the intention is to remake “Ghost in the Shell” as a live-action, 3D film. Jamie Moss is attached to the project as screenwriter, whereas Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing the project.

Masamune Shirow’s “K?kaku Kid?tai,” known as Ghost in the Shell by North American audiences, is considered a cult-classic, combining Japanese Manga with new, cyberpunk motifs. Shirow published his Manga in 1989, which later translated into a series of 3 animated films: Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (2006).

Loosely translates as “Mobile Armored Riot Police”, the storyline of “K?kaku Kid?tai” takes place in technologically developed future and concerns covert police operatives investigating new types of cyber-crimes. Shirows remarkable stories are similar to those of great cyberpunk authors such as Neil Stephenson and William Gibson, as they address the changing nature of humanity in a manufactured landscape, exploring philosophical questions of very identity of humanness.