‘Ghost in the Shell’ Gets Director Rupert Sanders

The ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director will take on this manga adaptation centering on a covert police squad that fights tech-related crime.
The Snow White and the Huntsman director will take on this manga adaptation centering on a covert police squad that fights tech-related crime.

Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to direct Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks, breathing new life into a project that has been languishing in development for years.

The adaptation has long been a passion project for DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg, who acquired the property in 2008 and set Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to write the script. We reported in 2009 that Laeta Kalogridis signed on to write the adapted script, although that was the last we heard about the project. At the time, the studio made ambitious plans to shoot it in 3D, although it isn't known if they are still considering that approach.

The project is based on Masamune Shirow's original 1989 manga, which centers on a covert unit within the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, who fight tech-related crimes. The manga was adapted into the anime movies Ghost In The Shell, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Ghost in the Shell: Individual Eleven, Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man and Ghost in the Shell 2.0. The manga also spawned an anime TV series and several video games.

William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Tourist, The Hoax) wrote the most recent version of the script, with Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul producing. No production schedule was given.

Rupert Sanders has several projects in development, including 90 Church at Universal and a Napoleon Bonaparte project at Warner Bros., although it isn't certain which one he will take on next.

Ghost in the Shell comes to theaters April 14th, 2017 and stars Scarlett Johansson. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. Fry_3000

    @ejk1 thanks for the update, I didn't realise they were trying to do that. Man that would've been awful if they allowed all those changes

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  2. ejk1

    @skywise My comments up to this point were of a general nature. Specific to this property, I beleive it may be too Japanese for American markets, for the reasons I outlined below in my first post.

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  3. skywise

    @ejk1 I feel that a masterpiece like this should be left alone. I find it hard to believe that they will be able to do a better job and it it was definitely a perfect story for its original media formats.

    @Fry-3000 I feel the same way about Akira which was the first Anime film I watched with the complete understanding that it was anime. Like I said above, both Ghost in the Shell and Akira are masterpieces of their respective media outlets. IMO this would be akin to remaking Citizen Kane. It should NOT be done.

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  4. ejk1

    @skywise To answer your question, because it's a natural extension of cbm's. Japanese manga/anime is the next genre to get the major Hollywood treatment; the success of Pac Rim only furthered that along.

    @Fry-3000 The issue with Akira is basically what I mentioned in my previous post. There was talk of turning Neo-Tokyo in Neo-LA or Neo-Chicago. Will they do an all-Japanese cast, or have say, Logan Lerman play a character named Tetsuo, or Kaneda? Or change the names, which along with change of scenery, would make the film not Akira? Difficulties abound for anime/manga that takes place in Japan.

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  5. Fry_3000

    Quite surprised how fast this got off the ground, compared to Akira, which seems to be going nowhere. I hope the do justice to this film, but I doubt it. Yet again if it is successful(financially), Hollywood will probably start doing more manga and anime. Be nice to see starblazers or battle of the planets to be done(as long as it's done properly.

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  6. skywise

    Aside from bringing attention back to these incredible anime and manga stories I cant think a any reason this should be done.

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  7. Mr.K

    @FilmFreak21 I'm fine.

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  8. FilmFreak21

    Calm down, @mr-k. No need to blow steam lol. You know how lazy Hollywood is these days. Let's talk about anything else that's not anime adapted to film or video game adapted into film related lol. How's it going? Hope you had an awesome vacation

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  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Great point. Better to adapt a more diverse Japanese property.

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  10. ejk1

    I'm always conflicted about anime/manga adaptations. I think properties like Bleach and Naruto are more difficult than some because of their depth of Japanese culture. I'm just not sure if they can be done right--will they whitewash the characters, giving them Anglican names? White people playing Ichigo or Naruto? Find enough Japanese actors and actresses? It's difficult.

    Ifind other properties such as Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Alchemist, and Baccano easier to adapt. They don't take place in Japan, and have Anglican names (Spike, Ed, Alphonse, etc.). Studios should look to anime/manga; the genre could lead to sprawling epic film series.' But, they must choose the right properties.

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  11. Mwheeler1324

    Hope they do make it correctly?! This anime series is one of the best that has come out! I still watch the repeats on Cartoon Network all the time.

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  12. Mr.K


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