Scarlett Johansson Signs for ‘Ghost in the Shell’

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
Scarlett Johansson Signs for ‘Ghost in the Shell’
Scarlett Johansson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California.

Scarlett Johansson has officially signed on to play in Dreamworks’ live-action film “Ghost in the Shell.” Read on for more details on this story.

According to Variety, the “Lucy” star is all aboard in the studio’s adaptation of Shirow Masamune’s manga and anime series, “Ghost in the Shell.” DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg, who is a huge fan of the original franchise, has long wanted to get the film off the ground. Moreover, according to a Variety insider, Paramount is interested to finance and co-produce the film, with the decision expected to come in a few weeks time.

Johansson has been offered $10 million to take up the lead role for the said pic. Following her success in action roles such as Marvel’s Black Widow and the titular role in the sci-fi action pic, “Lucy,” Johansson’s worth has boosted significantly, being sought-after for lead action roles at this moment. Moreover, rumor has it that Johansson will have a very small role in “Captain America 3,” as opposed to her very significant role in “The Winter Soldier.”

Set in the mid-21st century Japan, “Ghost in the Shell” tells the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization, Public Security Section 9. It is a  special operations task force made up of former military officers and police detectives led by Major Motoko Kusanagi, specializing in fighting various technology-related crimes. In the post-cyberpunk imagining of the future, computer technology has advanced to the point that many members of the public possess “cyberbrains.” It was said that technology that allows a person to interface their biological brain with various networks. This high level of “cyberization,” however, opens the brain up to attacks from highly skilled hackers. As such, it is up to Public Security Section 9 to prevent the most dangerous beings from hacking a person to bend to their whims.

The manga has been adapted into several different anime adaptations starting with the 1995 film of the same name and television series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” in 2002. In 2013, “Ghost in the Shell: Arise” film series was released with its first two episodes. The third episode of the four-part series was set to be released on June 28, 2014.

DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg acquired the rights to produce the adaptation “Ghost in a Shell” by 2008. Avi Arad, Mark Sourian, and Steven Paul will produce, with Bill Wheeler penning the screenplay. Rupert Sanders, whose first feature film is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” is tied to direct the live-action adaptation.

And that’s our latest scoop on Scarlett Johansson, signing on for the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell.” For more updates on celebrities, events, TV shows and upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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