Live action Ghost in the Shell adaptation gains a director

Ghost in the Shell (Mokoto)Along with the live action US adaptations of Akira and Death Note, Ghost in the Shell has been stuck in development for a number of years. However, it has recently shown signs of life, with DreamWorks having settled on director Rupert Sanders to helm the project. His previous debut feature film was Snow White and the Huntsman.

It’s reported that Sanders will be working from an entirely new script by William Wheeler (writers Jamie Moss and Laeta Kalogridis had originally worked on the screenplay). Wheeler’s script is thought to be an adaptation of the original manga by Masamune Shirow, which was subsequently brought to the screen with Production I.G’s 1995 anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii.

Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell was originally published in Japan’s Young Magazine back in 1989. Set in 2029 the story focused on the task force Section 9, led by Major Motoko Kusanagi, and their pursuit of the cyber criminal known as the Puppeteer. Ghost in the Shell has since seen two additional manga stories, a second film (Innocence) as well as the series Stand Alone Complex, and more recently, Arise.

DreamWorks acquired the rights for a live action adaptation in 2008, mainly after studio head Steven Spielberg made it a personal priority, describing Ghost in the Shell as “one of my favourite stories.” The intention is to shoot the film in 3D. DreamWorks also distributed Ghost in the Shell: Innocence in the US back in 2004.


Source: Deadline

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