Deadline has revealed that Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has been selected to helm the live-action Ghost in the Shell film which will be handled through DreamWorks with Avi & Ari Arad, Steven Paul and Steven Spielberg on board as producers and William Wheeler on board as writer. Although they acquired the rights all the way in 2008, DreamWorks is only now making some noise on this and if they move ahead and keep a steady pace with production, it looks like we’re getting a mid 2016 or even possibly late 2015 release date.
Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost of the Shell was originally published in 1989 as a manga and would later go on to receive two anime films and numerous series adaptations. The plot follows Motoko Kusanagi, a Major in the police force and who also leads a special team specializing in cyber terrorism as they battle technological threats in futuristic 21st century Japan.
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The first anime adaption received critical acclaim while the second didn’t fair as well, though it still got a decent reception. How the live-action version will do is unknown. Another unknown is which direction the film will take in terms of story, but it has a pretty rich history to choose from for inspiration, so we should get something interesting regardless. However, let’s not forget Hollywood’s history of mistreatment when it comes to Anime and manga (Dragon Ball Evolution, here’s to looking at you, kid) with the latest victim being the live-action Akira film.