Ghost in the Shell, a Japanese science fiction manga created by Masamune Shirow and a live-action Hollywood adaptation has been in the works several years ago. The crew over at DreamWorks, which had bought the rights back in 2008, now made a deal with Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders to direct the adaptation which is planning to be a 3D extravaganza.
The story, hugely popular amongst its fans, follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
Sanders will be working from a new version of the script from William Wheeler, whose credits include the 2012 thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
It’s not yet clear whether the Ghost adaptation will be moving forward right away or if Sanders will direct a different project first, including 90 Church for Universal, an epic about the bloody battles of Napoleon Bonaparte at Warner Bros., a film called Juliet with Sony and New Regency, or maybe adaptation of Frederick Forsyth‘s thriller The Kill List.
Ghost in the Shell film will be produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul.