American film studio DreamWorks have revealed new information regarding their hollywood adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell. The live action film will be directed by Rupert Sanders. Sanders is known for directing the 2012 Universal Pictures film Snow White and the Huntsman. He will join William Wheeler who will write the film’s script. Wheeler wrote the screenplay for the 2013 film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
DreamWorks acquired the rights to produce the live action film adaptation of Ghost in the Shell in 2008, in conjunction with legendary director Steven Spielberg. Since then, news about the film has been scarce, with changes to the writer. It was initially announced that Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was to write the film’s screenplay but was reportedly replaced by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) in late 2009.
Ghost in the Shell started off as a manga in 1989. Written and drawn by Masamune Shirow, the manga was published by Kodansha and ran for 8 years for a total of separate 3 volumes. The manga received high praise, and was eventually adapted into an animated film in 1995 by Production I.G. The film was directed by Mamoru Oshii and also received very high praise. An original second film was released in 2004. An anime TV series was also created. Titled Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the series aired from 2002 to 2003. A second season followed in 2004, and an animated film subtitled Solid State Society aired in 2006. The anime also received film, manga and light novel adaptations. Production I.G. have also unveiled an OVA series called Ghost in the Shell ARISE last year. The third entry, Ghost Tears, is set to release on June 28. The Ghost in the Shell franchise has indeed inspired many audiences, including the directors and writers of The Matrix.
Not too much is known about the live action film. DreamWorks haven’t released any additional information in the past indicating production on the film.