Laeta Kalogridis to Adapt Ghost in the Shell

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DreamWorks Pictures has hired screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (upcoming Shutter Island) to adapt the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell.

Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce the 3D live-action film. The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

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.

Jamie Moss wrote the original script.