Scarlett Johansson Reportedly Wanted for 'Ghost in the Shell'

ScarJo

Marvel clearly isn't in any rush to make a Black Widow movie, and although Scarlett Johansson is presumably on the hook for appearances in any number of the studio's assorted projects, her lack of a franchise to shoulder on her own leaves her free to star in all kinds of interesting stuff in her downtime -- like, say, Under the Skin or Her.

Perhaps we can add DreamWorks' long-mooted live-action Ghost in the Shell to that list. Deadline reports that the studio has offered Johansson $10 million to take the lead in their version of the classic manga, which previously inspired the animated Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Innocence (2004). As with the live-action Akira that keeps staggering back to life at Warner Bros., this isn't the easiest project in the world to get off the ground, but if DreamWorks is waving this kind of money around, they're clearly serious about getting things going.

Johansson, meanwhile, is perfect for pretty much any role at this point -- and as she so ably demonstrated with Lucy earlier this year (and her widening circle of Black Widow appearances in Marvel's cinematic universe), audiences love to see her in action mode. Perhaps the biggest question at this point is whether she feels like being solely responsible for a big-budget picture -- much as we'd all love to see a standalone Black Widow movie, she's kind of got the best of both worlds at this point.

Jeff Giles's Latest Blog Entries:

Marvel clearly isn't in any rush to make a Black Widow movie, and although Scarlett Johansson is presumably on the hook for appearances in any number of the...
It's going to be quite awhile before we really get an honest look at the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel -- that April 2017 release date seems awfully distant on...
We all chortled when Warner Bros. decided it was going to go ahead and make a movie "based on" Lego bricks, but that turned out pretty okay for everyone, so we...
We knew Warner Bros. execs had big things in store for fans of its DC properties, as well as visions of a new franchise for its Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic...
When Robert Downey, Jr. sent film sites around the world into a frenzy last week by intimating -- and then backpedaling very quickly -- the idea that he might...

More Ghost in the Shell (DreamWorks) News

Comments

About Jeff Giles

Jeff Giles's picture

Jeff is an entertainment writer and editor whose work currently appears at a variety of sites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Paste, American Songwriter, Popdose, Dadnabbit, Diffuser, and Ultimate Classic Rock.

RSS Feed   Subscribe to RSS Feed