It’s been stuck in the early stages of development for a long time now, but you are about to see the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ train leave the station. The live-action, DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular anime now has huge name attached to it.
According to multiple reports, Scarlett Johansson has verbally agreed to a deal. Sources say she received a $10 million offer. A few months ago, there was a report floating around claiming Johansson had been offered the job, but she wasn’t ready to commit at the time. It now appears she is ready to accept the big offer.
Apparently, Margot Robbie was the first actress considered for the role; however, all eyes locked on Scarlett after Robbie reached a deal to play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Rupert Sanders will direct the film. Steven Paul and Avi Arad have joined the project as producers. Sources have told Variety that Paramount does have the option to join as co-producer and financier. A decision is expected to made in a few weeks.
If the train stays on track, you can expect to see the film in theaters by 2016. And while reaching a deal with someone as popular as Scarlett Johansson guarantees success at the box office, it’s not making Ghost fans very happy. Most people are calling the move predictable and safe.
We will keep you updated as we learn more information. But for now, let us know what you think about this casting news. Good choice? Bad choice?