The first Ghost in the Shell anime movie really impressed me. I was definitely mesmerized by the strange cyber-punk world of Ghost in the Shell, and fell in love in with the Major, a damn sexy cyborg! Unfortunately the sequel didn't have the strength of the first film, and what could have been a franchise came to a halt.
But there is hope for a revival through a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. As of 2008, DreamWorks acquired indeed the rights to produce a live-action film adaptation of the original manga with Steven Spielberg. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are confirmed producers. And in October 2009 it was announced that Laeta Kalogridis had been hired to pen a script.
Scriptwriter Laeta Kalogridis has talked about her take on this Ghost in the Shell movie:
I really hope that she can persuade the studios to go for a Ghost in the Shell trilogy!
Here's the movie trailer of the original Ghost in the Shell anime:
GHOST IN THE SHELL
"A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master."
The live action Ghost in the Shell movie is listed by IMDb for a 2011 release, I can barely wait!