After Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell is probably one of the most known Japanese Manga comics and Anime films outside of Japan. After years trying to make it happen it seems DreamWorks are ready to move forward on a live action version. According to Deadline, DreamWorks has made a deal with Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, and have a script by William Wheeler.
Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow’s original 1989 complex futuristic thriller about the members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it.
In Japan, the huge success of the Manga led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.
It’s not yet determined whether Sanders might take on Ghost in the Shell, since he has a number of other projects lined up though.