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Margot Robbie in Talks to Lead ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Live-Action Movie

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While Warner Bros. still struggles to get its live-action ‘Akira‘ remake up and running, DreamWorks is moving ahead on an adaptation of another classic anime, ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ Director Rupert Sanders (‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) is developing the project with ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star Margot Robbie in talks to play the lead.

Now comes the part of the article where we’d attempt to sum up the plot of the film in question, but listen, we don’t even know where to begin with ‘Ghost in the Shell,’ an inscrutable movie if there ever was one. But, basically it follows a cyborg officer named Motoko Kusanagi working in the future where computerization has taken over all aspects of society (including humans). Her and her partner are assigned to track down a mysterious cyber-terrorist known as “The Puppet Master” and are drawn into a web of intrigue and corruption and mystery. Needless to say, a LOT of other stuff happens (including a lot of nudity).

What you most need to know is that ‘Ghost in the Shell’ heavily influenced ‘The Matrix’ (the Wachowskis pitch for the film reportedly involved showing producers a DVD of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and saying, “We wanna do that for real”).

Steven Spielberg has long been a champion of a live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie and reportedly brought the rights to DreamWorks himself. Despite his passion, the project has languished over the past few years since the studio first acquired the project in 2008. Sanders has been working on his particular vision for the film since earlier this year and the attachment of a star, one as hot (both literally and figuratively) as Robbie is a step in the right direction.

Whether anyone should even attempt to create a ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie is another question entirely. It’s both revered and loathed in the anime worlds and those who hate it, will likely hate this just as much, and the people who love it, will likely hate it because it’s not as good as the original.

Robbie recently wrapped ‘Focus‘ with Will Smith and is currently filming ‘Tarzan‘ with Alexander Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson.

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