shutter island writer to adapt ghost in the shell

Why is this happening? Why have the powers that be decided to produce a live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell? According to Variety, DreamWorks has decided to take the popular anime and bring it to the big screen. A writer has already been hired to pen the script, and not only will the film be live action, but it will also be in 3-D (no surprise there).

DreamWorks has hired Laeta Kalogridis to adapt the story of Ghost in the Shell for a feature length film. I have some mixed feelings about this writer because she’s had a hand in many questionable projects over the past few years. She wrote both Alexander and Pathfinder, which scares me, yet she penned the screenplay for Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming thriller, Shutter Island.

Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two more manga editions, three anime film adaptations and an anime TV series. The second anime film, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.

I actually have the TV series on DVD, and I’m feeling a little protective over this property. I’m excited that a female writer has been hired to take on such a major piece of work, but I typically hate anime adaptations because they never do the source material justice. Did I mention how horrible Alexander was?

What do you think of DreamWorks producing a 3-D live action film based on Ghost in the Shell?