Los Angeles, CA- DreamWorks Studios has hired Laeta Kalogridis to write the script adaptation of the Japanese manga property “Ghost in the Shell,” it was announced today by Holly Bario and Mark Sourian, Co-Presidents of Production at the Studio. DreamWorks is adapting the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature film.
Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and originally brought the project to the attention of DreamWorks.
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, an anime television series, and three videogames. The second anime film, “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” was released in the US by DreamWorks in 2004.
“We believe Laeta can take the essence of this gripping manga and infuse it with her own voice to bring this thriller to the screen,” said Holly Bario. “We are excited to have Laeta on this project and look forward to working with her.”
Laeta Kalogridis wrote and executive produced the Martin Scorsese thriller, “Shutter Island,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and will be released in theaters early next year. She was also one of the writers on the screenplay “Knight & Day,” which stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Kalogridis was also an executive producer and writer on the TV series “Bionic Woman” and “Birds of Prey.”