DreamWorks to Make 'Ghost' in 3-D

"DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell with plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature. 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 additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. The second anime film, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.

Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and brought the project to the studio. Jamie Moss has been tapped to pen the adaptation.

Universal and Sony were also chasing Ghost in the Shell, but Steven Spielberg took personal interest in the property and made it happen at DreamWorks. "Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories," Spielberg said. "It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks."

DreamWorks prexy of production Adam Goodman said Ghost in the Shell is a property "that epitomizes 3-D live-action motion picture possibilities."

Avi Arad is at the forefront of comicbook-based material, having produced the three Spider-Man films, the three X-Men movies, the two Fantastic Four picss and the upcoming Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Moss' writing credits include Street Kings, which bowed Friday, and Last Man Home, in development at Universal."

By Michael Fleming and Tatiana Siegel, Variety