Is Antoine Fuqua trying to compete with Guillermo del Toro for the ‘guy attached to the most projects’ award? In the past year alone we’ve heard that he might direct a Tupac Shakur film, a movie called Afterburn, a Chinese epic, the Eminem boxing film Southpaw, the Summit project Storming Las Vegas, and a Showtime documentary about Suge Knight.
Some of those films have fallen apart, others, like Tupac, are struggling to get off the ground. (Fuqua is evidently no longer attached to make Tupac.) Southpaw didn’t work out at Dreamworks and is being shopped around. And now Fuqua is nearly signed to direct Hunter Killer for Relativity. Read More »
When Matthew Vaughn was announced as director of X-Men: First Class, you wouldn’t have been errant in guessing that this news would quickly follow. Vaughn and Jane Goldman worked closely together on Stardust and Kick-Ass, so it was logical to guess that she might contribute to First Class as well. Indeed, we’re now hearing that Goldman will work on the script for the X-Men prequel. Read More »
There was recently some doubt that Bryan Singer would direct Fox’s X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class. The director seemed to have been set to make the film in December of last year when he announced that a deal had been signed to reunite him with Fox. But Singer has to make Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros, and so he’s taking a gig as producer on First Class, and Fox is looking for a new director. Read More »
Last night, Bryan Singer finally confirmed that he has signed on to direct the X-Men spin-off/prequel film X-Men Origins: First Class. THR is now reporting that Fox has hired a new screenwriter to work with Singer on developing the project: Jamie Moss, writer of the 2008 Fox Searchlight film Street Kings. Moss also worked on a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks.
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DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese postcyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell after Steven Spielberg took personal interest in the popular anime property. Variety reports that the studio plans to develop Shell into a 3D live-action feature-length film. Created by Masamune Shirow (Appleseed), Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989 in Young Magazine. Over the years the manga has been adapted into three anime films, two anime television series, and three PlayStation video games.
According to Wikipedia, the futuristic police thriller follows the exploits of Motoko Kusanagi, a member of the covert operations section of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, Section 9, which specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Kusanagi is capable of superhuman feats, and bionically specialized for her job – her body is almost completely mechanized; only her brain and a segment of her spinal cord are organic. I have never seen Ghost in the Shell, but the concept sounds like it could make a really cool live-action film.
And while Spielberg was instrumental on getting this project done at DreamWorks, he’s not attached to the project in any official capacity (at least as far as I can tell… may-be he’s executive producer?). Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul will produce, and Street Kings screenwriter Jamie Moss has been hired to pen the adaptation.
I have included the movie trailer for Ghost in a Shell 2: Innocence below for your viewing pleasure.
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Discuss: Are you excited fora live action 3D Ghost in the Shell movie? Who should direct?