'GHOST IN THE SHELL' Director Boards Live-Action PATLABOR

Mamoru Oshii, the director behind the first "Ghost in the Shell" anime and adaptation of the manga, "28 1/2" has hopped aboard Tohokushinsha Film Corporation's live-action adaptation of the "Mobile Police Patlabor" anime.

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By Mark Julian - 7/6/2013
Mamoru Oshii (61), the director of the 1995 anime, "Ghost in the Shell" was recently announced as having an undisclosed role in Tohokushinsha Film Corporation's live-action adaptation of "Patlabor." Oshii has actually directed nearly every "Patlabor" OVA, anime episode and anime film to date, however, "Ghost in the Shell" is definitely his calling-card. What role Oshii will play in the project was left undisclosed, he could be directing (he has previous live-action experience) or simply acting as a consultant. "Patlabor" is actually the product of HEADGEAR, a Japanses manga/anime group that consists of Oshii, Kazunori Itō (screenwriter), Masami Yuki (manga artist), Yutaka Izubuchi (mechanical/robot designer)and Akemi Takada (character designer). HEADGEAR will co-produce the live-action film with Tohokushinsha subsidiary, Omnibus Japan. The film is currently slated for a release some time in 2014 but to date, there have been no cast announcements.

Oshii is a world renown anime director with select works having previously competed for various prestigious awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.


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"Patlabor, also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is an anime and manga series created by super-group Headgear, which is comprised of industry legends Mamoru Oshii, writer Kazunori Itō, mecha designer Yutaka Izubuchi, character designer Akemi Takada, and manga artist Masami Yūki. The story takes place in what was, at the time of release, the near future of 1998-2002. Robots called "Labors" are employed in heavy construction work. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has its own fleet of Patlabor robotic police officers to combat crimes and deal with accidents involving Labors. The story arcs usually revolve around Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2. Noa Izumi is the main protagonist of the series, but all of Division 2 play roles. "


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LIO - 7/6/2013, 10:31 AM
Looks like the Auto boot?!
KoonEl - 7/6/2013, 10:40 AM
When are we going to get Robotech or Voltron adapted already? Huge fan bases and guaranteed money if they're done right. I don't want for these movies to come out and appear to be rip offs of Pacific Rim because they came ages before.
InfiniteMonkey - 7/6/2013, 11:08 AM
This is interesting. I hope they make it gritty.
BlindJustice - 7/6/2013, 11:12 AM
@Koonel - I agree 100%! Luckily Netflix has the entire Robotech and Voltron (lions) series for the younger generations. My daughter (16) has already laughed and said, "Hey, dad, Pacific Rim looks like Robotech vs. Godzilla."
BlindJustice - 7/6/2013, 11:13 AM
Oh and why not just do a live-action Ghost in the Shell movie? Let's go, Steven Spielberg...
aRandomSinisterClone - 7/6/2013, 11:19 AM
whoa, wats with the sudden homepage and font redo?
FOOM - 7/6/2013, 12:48 PM
I've seen Patlabor and its one anime that really could work well in live action.
KoonEl - 7/6/2013, 1:15 PM
I've never seen this, and it may be great, but I still want to see Robotech & Voltron first. This would be like seeing a Go Bots movie before Transformers, or the Snorks before the Smurfs, or Jabber Jaw before Scooby Doo.
marvel72 - 7/6/2013, 1:52 PM
i've got patlabor on dvd,classic anime.
Gnyah123 - 7/6/2013, 2:49 PM
all these robot movies
power rangers was the one that took the robot movies to new heights wit the zords
but if this movie comes ppl will think its just gon be like pacific rim...aint nothing wrong with that of course...

u know what movie they need to do...
ZOIDS!....and a GUNDAM movie IN SPACE!!!
AUSSYACE - 7/6/2013, 9:54 PM
Show me a trailer and then I will believe it...
Thelastdalek - 7/8/2013, 4:09 AM
@Koonel

This movie is being made by Japanese people right? Why would they make Voltron or Robotech movies? Golion (Voltron's japanese counterpart) was a complete flop while there is no Robotech in Japan only Macross.

Know Hollywood making Robotech and Voltron films sure the Japanese making them never going to happen
marlonmark - 9/17/2013, 9:36 AM
i hope they make the Patlabor live-action with some seriousness of the first movies with maybe some comedic moments from the tv series.

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