Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ghost In The Shell Goes Hollywod

AS much as I love GiTS, and would love to see it brought to a mainstream US audience, I have mixed feelings about this:

Animation company Production I.G has received permission from Kodansha to act as an agent to develop a live-action film with a Hollywood studio based on Ghost in the Shell.

Negotiations with American entertainment companies have not been a strong point for Japanese Anime and Film studios in the past. However, hopes are high that a project involving Ghost in the Shell would be more successful due to the significant number of people in the American film business who are fans of the series. The size of the North American fanbase for Ghost in the Shell is also a factor.

On the one hand, there's a reason (for the most part) that anime is anime. Some stories just can't be told in live action (at least not easily). There are (essentially) no limitations to what the animators can do.

On the other hand, I absolutely LOVE the Ghost in the Shell series. Sadly, some people just can't get over the "animation" part of anime and think of them as just "cartoons" (which is completely wrong, but I digress). So live action presents the story in way that is accessible to more people, and also gives the story a Hollywood-type budget.

Anyway, GiTS is a fascinating story, and brilliantly told. The animation is top-notch, and the world is fully realized, and has incredible depth. I think I'm looking forward to this. More as it becomes available.

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