IMDb > Avi Arad > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000 | 1998

16 items from 2015


Marvelous DA7E 79: "S" is for Spider-Man, 'Suicide Squad' and Secret Wars

21 January 2015 10:48 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome To Issue 78!

If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation. 

This Week: Brought To You By The Letter "S" for Spider-Man, Suicide Squad, Stuffed sequels and Secret Wars! (and a little Savage Hulk)

It seems a lot of you are excited about the possibility of Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and rightly so. I’ve been tweeted at, e-mailed and asked directly a whole bunch of detailed questions about how/when/if Spider-Man is making the move, and I can’t get more detailed at the moment.

Here’s why: the stuff I’m hearing is not coming from the rumored “Spider-Man” summit, so I don’t know if it occurred or what the subject matter will be. Marvel has plans as to how it is going to use Spider-Man moving forward and »

- Da7e

Permalink | Report a problem


Ghost in the Shell remake gets 2017 release date

14 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The upcoming Ghost in the Shell remake has been given an official release date.

DreamWorks' live-action version of the popular Anime series starring Scarlett Johansson will reach cinemas on April 14, 2017, Deadline reports.

Ghost in the Shell is centred around a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which focuses on fighting technology-related crime.

Rupert Sanders is currently in line to direct the adaptation, while Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce from a script by Bill Wheeler.

Ghost in the Shell was originally published as a seinen manga series, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

It was later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, before a movie was released in 1995.

A TV series titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was released in 2002, while the Ghost in the Shell: Arise film series began in 2013.

Meanwhile, Disney has also confirmed »

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Ghost in the Shell’ Live-Action Movie Slated for an April 14th, 2017 Release

13 January 2015 3:12 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last week it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson will star as cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusanagi in DreamWork’s live-action movie adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s groundbreaking 1995 anime film based on the renowned manga series from Masamune Shirow. We now have another Ghost in the Shell update, as a release date for the film has been selected, bringing the long-gestating project one crucial step closer to the big screen.

Box Office Mojo reports that DreamWork’s Ghost in the Shell adaptation will hit theaters in 3D via Buena Vista on April 14th, 2017. While Johansson (Under the Skin, Lucy, Avengers: Age of Ultron) taking on the lead role is the only revealed casting news thus far, we know that Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie off a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Avi Arad and Steven Paul »

- Derek Anderson

Permalink | Report a problem


Reality Check: Ghost in the Shell Will Be Another Generic Action Movie

7 January 2015 6:26 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

For those excited for a robust, live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, I’ve got some bad news for you. The announcement of Scarlett Johannson signing on to star is a sign that this thing is a bit more real than it was before, but it’s destined to look a lot more like Aeon Flux than Blade Runner, and there’s a simple reason for that. Saying, “I want to make a live-action version of Ghost in the Shell” is a lot like saying, “I want to make The Matrix.” It requires an unbelievable cocktail of skill, sci-fi understanding, nuance, innovation and luck. The filmmakers involved would need to be at the top of their game as well as be dedicated to focusing on existential issues even after the bullet casings hit the floor. Instead, we’re getting Avi Arad and Steven Paul. Arad has been involved in the superhero resurgence since EPing Blade in »

- Scott Beggs

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson to Star in Live Action Ghost in the Shell Film

6 January 2015 4:29 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 The live-action, American adaptation of the popular, critically-acclaimed Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell has finally found it star. The names of many actresses have been rumored as being the choice for the lead role but according to Variety, the final winner is Scarlett Johansson, who will be playing the cyborg heroine.

 

Scarlett Johansson is becoming the new, top action heroine in the film industry. After three appearances as the Black Widow (with a fourth on the way this year in Avengers: Age of Ultron), as well as starring in Lucy, (Which made $394 million worldwide) Variety reports that Johansson has signed on for the lead role in the Dreamworks adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The project has finally been officially green-lit and is already starting pre-production. The addition of the beautiful Scareltt Johansson no doubt helped put the project over the top. The Bill Wheeler script is still in the process of being finalized, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson to star in Ghost in the Shell

6 January 2015 10:36 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Scarlett Johansson has been cast in 'Ghost in the Shell'. The 30-year-old actress is to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the hugely popular Japanese anime series. Variety reports the Hollywood superstar will feature in the eagerly-awaited new film, which will follow a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which tries to fight technology-related crime. The adaptation is to be directed by Rupert Sanders - who was responsible for the 2012 film 'Snow White and the Huntsman' - while Avi Arad and Steven Paul are to produce the movie from a script by Bill Wheeler. Meanwhile, there have been calls for Scarlett's on-screen character in the Marvel films, Black Widow, to be given her own movie. The character has featured in a number of the biggest films in the Marvel franchise and Robert Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man, would »

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson to Star in Manga Adaptation ‘Ghost in the Shell’

5 January 2015 12:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scarlett Johansson has closed a deal to star in Japanese manga adaptation “Ghost in the Shell,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

A live-action film based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Also read: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star Margot Robbie in Talks for ‘Tarzan’ – She’s Jane (Exclusive)

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the Bill Wheeler-scripted film, which has been a passion project for DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg. »

- Linda Ge

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson to star in Dreamworks' 'Ghost in the Shell'

5 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Coming off the 2014 high of Lucy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson is becoming an action star in her own right. EW has confirmed that Johansson is set to star in the action film Ghost in the Shell, Dreamworks' adaptation of the Japanese anime of the same name. Created by Masamune Shirow and serialized in 1989, the Japanese manga follows the story of Motoko Kusanagi, a member of a covert counter cyber-terrorist organization, which specializes in fighting technology-related crime in mid-21st century Japan. The series was previously adapted into an animated film of the same name in 1995 with »

- Teresa Jue

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson To Star In Live-Action ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Movie

5 January 2015 12:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It is confirmed. Scarlett Johansson has officially accepted the lead role in the planned Ghost In The Shell movie.

The actress was officially offered the role a little while ago, and today we’ve learned via Variety, that she’s officially in on the Rupert Sanders directed action film, which is written by William Wheeler, based on the comic-book series by Masamune Shirow.

The source material led to numerous anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games. Yes, it’s pretty big in Japan.

Via WikiPedia: Ghost in the Shell follows the hunt of the public security agency Section 9 for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. With the assistance of her team, Motoko Kusanagi tracks and finds their suspect, only to be drawn into a complex sequence of political intrigue and a cover-up as to the identity and goals of the Puppet Master.

The »

- Paul Heath

Permalink | Report a problem


Ghost in the Shell Movie Officially Signs Scarlet Johansson to Lead

5 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Scarlet Johansson is certainly carving out a name for herself as a great female action-lead, and now she's adding another to her resume as she will take the lead role in Dreamworks' upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation.

Looks like Dreamworks Pictures is moving full steam ahead with a live-action adaptation of the popular anime movie, Ghost in the Shell, as they've hired Scarlet Johansson (previously rumored for the film) to take the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi...though the official report from Variety makes no mention of that name, it's making me think they'll change it up: 

Johansson is set to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular anime pic “Ghost in the Shell.” Deadline Hollywood had reported that the actress had the offer to star but at the time she was still undecided about taking the role. Sources now say she has agreed to star in the pic. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

Permalink | Report a problem


‘Ghost in the Shell’ Live-Action Movie to Star Scarlett Johansson

5 January 2015 10:20 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The phrase “get out of my head” bears an uncomfortable literal meaning for the characters of Ghost in the Shell, the 1995 groundbreaking anime film based on the world-renowned manga by Masamune Shirow. In the works for a number of years, a live-action Ghost in the Shell film from DreamWorks picked up a director nearly one year ago and it now has an in-demand actress lined up for the lead role.

Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson (Lucy, Under the Skin, The Avengers) is slated to star as cyborg agent Major Motoko Kusanagi in DreamWork’s Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation. The film will be directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) off a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce the project, with Mark Sourian executive producing.

For those who aren’t familiar with Ghost in the Shell, here’s a »

- Derek Anderson

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson to star in Ghost in the Shell adaptation

5 January 2015 9:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson has signed up to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

The Lucy actress will star in DreamWorks' version of the hugely popular Japanese anime series, reports Variety.

Ghost in the Shell is centred around a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which focuses on fighting technology-related crime.

Rupert Sanders is currently in line to direct the adaptation, while Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce from a script by Bill Wheeler.

Ghost in the Shell was originally published as a seinen manga series, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

It was later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, before a movie was released in 1995. A TV series titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was released in 2002, while the Ghost in the Shell: Arise film series began in 2013. »

Permalink | Report a problem


Johansson Set For "Ghost In The Shell" Remake

5 January 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Lucy" and "The Avengers" actress Scarlett Johansson has agreed to star in the live-action U.S. remake of the popular Japanese anime "Ghost in the Shell" at DreamWorks.

The story follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Johansson has been pursued for the role for several months now, with an offer made back in October. Now she's onboard the movie which Rupert Sanders will direct from a script by Bill Wheeler.

Paramount reportedly has the option to join the project as a co-producer and financier, with the decision expected to be made in coming weeks. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson Signs On to Star in DreamWorks’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (Exclusive)

5 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the success of “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson looks ready to take on another action pic, this one coming from the world of Japanese anime.

Johansson is set to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular anime pic “Ghost in the Shell.” Deadline Hollywood had reported that the actress had the offer to star but at the time she was still undecided about taking the role. Sources now say she has agreed to star in the pic.

The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.

Rupert Sanders is on board to direct. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the film from a script by Bill Wheeler. Mark Sourian is exec producing.

Insiders also tell Variety that Paramount has the option to come on as co-producer and financier and that decision is expected in the coming weeks. »

- Justin Kroll

Permalink | Report a problem


'Ghost in the Shell' Gets Scarlett Johansson as the Lead

5 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Months after being rumored for the lead role, Scarlett Johansson has officially signed onto star in Ghost in the Shell for director Rupert Sanders. He is best known for the female-led Snow White and the Huntsman, which starred Kristen Stewart.

Based on the popular Japanese anime, Ghost in the Shell follows the adventures of a covert ops unit member from the Japanese National Public Safety Commission who specializes in fighting cyber-related crime. The Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the film. Bill Wheeler is writing the screenplay. Mark Sourian will executive produce.

DreamWorks is behind Ghost in the Shell, which has not officially been green lit at this time. Paramount Pictures has the option to come on board as a co-producer of the movie, with a decision to be announced in the coming weeks. Now that Scarlett Johansson is attached, the film, which is a dream »

- MovieWeb

Permalink | Report a problem


Scarlett Johansson To Star In Ghost In The Shell; Rupert Sanders Directing

5 January 2015 7:45 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

As if playing Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn't already enough, Scarlett Johansson has signed up for yet another action franchise. Variety reveals that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier actress will take on the lead role in Ghost in the Shell. We heard last year that she had received an offer and that Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie was in talks, but it is only now that Johansson has agreed to star. The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. Rupert Sanders is on board to direct, and the script was penned by Bill Wheeler. Avi Arad and Steven Paul will produce, with Dreamworks and Steve Spielberg overseeing the adaptation. »

Permalink | Report a problem


2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2000 | 1998

16 items from 2015


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners