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    Wed, 16 Apr 2008 07:35:06

    Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks get "Shell" Shocked - Another Japanese becomes Hollywood

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    Another day, another Japanese work of art getting the Hollywood treatment. While many studios and directors have been remaking Japanese horror films, like The Grudge and The Eye, leave it to DreamWorks guru Steven Spielberg to twist the formula a bit. Spielberg's DreamWorks has obtained the rights to Masamune Shirow's Japanese magna Ghost in the Shell. Word is, Spielberg, one of the most commercially successful and critically beloved directors in Tinseltown's history, expressed a distinct personal interest in obtaining this piece of intellectual property and that was what helped DW seal the deal in acquiring the rights.

    DW will develop the graphic novel into a live action feature film. The futuristic story revolves around a member of the covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission specializing in technology related crimes. Ghost in the Shell has spawned a bit of a cottage industry, complete with two additional magna editions, video games and an anime TV series. It's about time a feature-length film has been added to this franchise's arsenal.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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