Rupert Sanders, the director behind Snow White and the Huntsman, is to helm a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks. Deadline has reported that Sanders is to direct the film, based on the Japanese manga futuristic police thriller, with a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist).
Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989, and has since spun-off two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three video games. The many adaptations differ from one to another, but, overall, the plot follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. The task-force primarily tackles technology-related crime.
It has taken a while for this live-action film version to come to life. DreamWorks, thanks to a passionate Steven Spielberg, bought the rights a few years ago, with plans to film the movie using 3D technology.
The movie will be produced by Ari Arad, Avi Arad and Steven Paul. It isn’t quite known if Sanders will be directing this next. The busy director has the thriller The Kill List, a Napoleon Bonaparte biopic with 90 Church, as well as Juliet for Sony, all on the pipeline. Fingers crossed that this gets developed as soon as possible.