Hollywood, apparently not having learned its lesson when they attempted to white-washed their live-action take on “Akira” and got their butts handed to them by the Interwebs, is moving on ahead with their live-action take on “Ghost in the Shell” from the boys at Dreamworks.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders is already onboard to direct, and now The Wrap reports that sources are telling them Aussie gal Margot Robbie, last seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is in talks to land the lead female role, which is also the main character of the anime/manga.
“Ghost in the Shell” is a futuristic cyberpunk/actioner from 1995 by Masamune Shirow, and follows a female cyborg and her partner as they hunt a hacker called the Puppet Master. Much shooting, cyborg shenanigans, and crazy but cool action ensues.
Robbie has “Tarzan” with Alexander Skarsgard coming up, and as far as I know, this would be her first action-heavy role if she does indeed sign on the dotted line to star.
“Ghost in the Shell” is a pretty popular property over in Japan and among fanboys, which makes it potentially dangerous material for Dreamworks. Like “Akira,” it’s beloved, and has a slew of sequels and ancillary products connected to it.