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According to Variety today, Steven Speilberg’s Dreamworks studio has acquired the rights to produce a live action version of Ghost in the Shell. It’s not clear at this point whether the plan is to make an adaptation of Oshii’s 1995 movie, or Shirow’s 1989 manga, and the cynical among us (i.e. me) might jump to the conclusion that this is just a bandwagon jump after the announcement of the Akira live action flick. But apparently Spielberg ‘loves’ the original, and believes it is a ‘genre that has arrived’. Erm, OK Stevie. What genre, exactly? Cyberpunk? If so, then ‘fraid you’re jackin’ in about 20 years too late, chombatta.

So I love GiTS…Speilberg loves GiTS…who else? Well, Britney Spears, of course. Or at least the director of her latest video does, which freaked me out whilst channel surfing last night. It’s a poorly animated, very low budget, blatant rip off homage to the original movie, with the crack-loving starlet taking the role of everybody’s favourite cybernetic anti-terrorism agent. Hmmm. Check out the video below, though it’s probably worth turning the sound down. Obviously.

Actually, what made me laugh while searching for that on YouTube was the number of fan made alternative videos that have been uploaded – made from edited together clips of her old promos – because apparently her ‘real’ fans hate the anime style one. Excellent.