Rupert Sanders Set To Helm ‘Ghost In The Shell’ For DreamWorks

By January 26, 2014
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DreamWorks is finally moving forward with their long-awaited live action film based on the manga classic Ghost in the Shell. According to Deadline, DreamWorks has signed a deal with Snow White And The Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders to direct the adaptation, with a script by William Wheeler.  DreamWorks acquired the project several years ago and it’s rumored that they are looking to shoot the film in 3D.

Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989  and has inspired three anime film adaptations and a television series, but this will be, by far, the biggest project to use the comic as a source.

Taking places in mid-21st Century Japan, Ghost in the Shell tells the story of  Major Motoko Kusanagi who is a leader in the counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, an organization that fights technology-related crime.

It’s still unclear when the project will begin production. Sanders actually has a few projects in the works, including a film about Napoleon Bonaparte for Warner Bros. But with DreamWorks backing what has a kind of passion project for Steven Spielberg, I’m guessing this film will get the “fast track” treatment. Could this be the film that finally takes manga into the mainstream? Spielberg’s enthusiasm certainly makes me lean toward yes, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do you think of the project? Could this be the manga film that finally crosses over in a big way?

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.
  • Adriana Rimini

    Great project. As i`m a big fan of anime actions, it`s a very good news for me. And I hope it will shoot in 3D.