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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