Variety reports that DreamWorks has acquired rights to the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell with plans to adapt the futuristic police thriller as a 3-D live-action feature. First published in 1989, Ghost in the Shell went on to generate two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. The second anime film, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, was released by DreamWorks in 2004. Steven Spielberg, who took personal interest in the project and made it happen at DreamWorks, adds, “Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories. It’s a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks.”