Spielberg to Make a 3-D Ghost in the Shell

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>Manga classic Ghost in the Shell will receive a 3-D, live-action makeover from Steven Spielberg.

Shirow Masamune's 1989 graphic novel, which inspired the Wachowski Brothers to create The Matrix, also spawned TV series and movies including DreamWorks' 2004 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (pictured). Bullish on both anime and 3-D, DreamWorks beat out Universal and Sony to secure the rights from former Marvel Comics mastermind Avi Arad.

No details yet on how Spielberg will re-imagine the eyeball-melting visuals of anime auteur Mamoru Oshii, who directed the previous Ghost films.

Describing his Innocence sequel, inhabited by a weary cyborg detective, his sad-eyed basset hound, a memory-implanting Alpha doll villain and her prostitution ring of Geisha-like sex toys, Oshii told Underwire, "I wanted to think more about, 'What are humans, exactly?' Those kinds of movies tend to be either about a love story, or about God. But I thought, 'Maybe there is another way of explaining what humans really are?' I finally came to the realization that I could write about humans by using technology and animals."