Scarlett offered lead in Ghost in the Shell remake
has been offered $10m to star in the long-gestating
live action remake of Ghost in the Shell, reports
Deadline. The top-dollar pay cheque recognises the
US actor’s newfound status as an A-list action star
following standout turns in Lucy and Marvel Studio’s
Avengers series of superhero films.
Hollywood’s plan for a debut English-language take
on the seminal 1995 Mamoru Oshii anime moved a step
closer to reality in January when Snow White and the
Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders was hired to direct by
studio Dreamworks. Reports back then suggested the
remake would be based on a new screenplay by The
Reluctant Fundamentalist’s William Wheeler.
The Ghost in the Shell comic book series, film
rights to which were picked up by Dreamworks co-owner
Steven Spielberg in 2009, follows cyborg detective
Major Motoko Kusanagi, team leader of a futuristic
Japanese counterterrorism organisation focused on
cyber-crime. Three anime films (one made-for-TV)
have been based on the comic, of which the 1995
Ghost in the Shell was the first, as well as an
animated Japanese TV series and three video games.
Spielberg’s planned 3D movie failed to make it to
the production stage but the approach for Johansson
suggests the new iteration may have legs.
In related news, Deadline also reports that Will
Smith, Tom Hardy and The Wolf of Wall Street’s
Margot Robbie are in line to star in comic-book epic
Suicide Squad for studio Warner Bros. Robbie’s
interest may have encouraged Dreamworks to approach
Johansson for Ghost in the Shell, as the Australian
actor was said to be an early frontrunner to star in
the anime adaptation.
Suicide Squad, about a team of supervillains
recruited to take on near-impossible black-ops
missions in return for the commutation of their
sentences, is on Warner’s newly announced slate of
10 movies set in the DC Comics universe. It is due
to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into
cinemas some time in 2016.
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