One of the big projects on DreamWorks’ upcoming slate is a live-action remake of the classic Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell. The last update on this film came in early September, when it was reported that Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders was in line to direct the picture, preferably with The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie as his leading lady. But in updating a story about the ongoing casting of Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad movie, Deadline reports Robbie will likely land a role in that film, leaving her on the outs for Ghost In The Shell.
But the anime remake (“animake?”) already has a new star in mind to replace her. Via Deadline:
“I’ve heard DreamWorks has instead made a $10 million offer to Scarlett Johansson, whose action price has risen to that level after Lucy and her work as Black Widow.”
It certainly has; hell, I’d star in Ghost In The Shell for half that price. DreamWorks can contact my agent if interested; they should know I do have an airtight “no nudity” clause in all my contracts, though.
An offer is not a guaranteed deal (just a few weeks ago, Ghost was reportedly Robbie’s job to lose, and then apparently she did), so the odds are still decent that Johansson won’t star in this film. The news here isn’t so much that she might headline this franchise, but just how much money she now commands after her work in two major blockbusters this year. If Marvel doesn’t give her her own Black Widow series soon, it may not be able to; she could be too busy with Ghost In The Shells or other franchises of her own.
(Also, I’ve thought it over some more DreamWorks, and I will do Ghost In The Shell for a quarter of ScarJo’s money. I’m a bargain! Think about it.)