Back in October the Internet rumor mill had Dream Works offering Scarlett Johansson the lead role in their live action adaptation of Masamune Shirow‘s Ghost in the Shell. Word out today is that Johansson has accepted the role that should spur Paramount to come on-board as a co-producer. Does this mean that everything is good to go… well not exactly.
It was pretty much a given that Johansson’s box office success with Lucy would lead to other action star type roles being thrown her way. Ghost in the Shell is a perfect example of the type of action role that Johansson could easily fill. As it stands now, Dreamworks has a commitment from Johansson to star, which should go a long way toward getting the rest of the production ball rolling.
Ghost in the Shell‘s synopsis goes like this:
In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as ‘The Puppetmaster’ begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. The pursuit will call into question what makes a human and what is the Puppetmaster in a world where the distinction between human and machine is increasingly blurry.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is already set to direct, with Avi Arad and Steven Paul producing. The scripting chores are being handled by Bill Wheeler (The Cape, The Hoax). While it sounds like things are moving along with Ghost in the Shell, and they are, the project has still not been green lighted by the studio. Now that Johansson is set to star that might change very soon.
Now some people might start to wonder if this might get in the way of Johansson’s involvement in future Marvel movies like Captain America 3 or Avengers movies past Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Scheduling can be worked around to fit Johansson’s and make it all work.