Rupert Sanders to Direct Live-Action Ghost in the Shell


Charlize Theron and Rupert Sanders on the set of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Movie Image

Mamoru Oshii’s breakthrough anime “Ghost in the Shell” is finally coming to America — as a live-action movie with “Snow White and the Huntsman’s” Rupert Sanders behind the camera.

Or at least, that’s the plan.

A live-action Hollywood version of Oshii’s 1995 movie “Ghost in the Shell” (created by Masamune Shirow) has been in the works for years now, ever since Steven Spielberg snatched up the remake rights. A writer was even assigned as early as 2009. Fast-forward to five years later, and there’s finally movement.

Spielberg and his buddies at DreamWorks are said to have made a deal with Sanders to direct the film, which will chronicle “the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.”

Basically, crazy android/robot fighting awesome sauce.

The original “Ghost in the Shell” proved very popular at home and internationally, and spawned a pair of sequels, including 2004’s “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” and 2013’s “Ghost in the Shell: Arise.”

William Wheeler wrote the current draft of the script, and I can only assume it’ll be transplanting the action to America, similar to the ill-conceived “Akira” live-action adaptation by Warner Bros. that has since been given up for dead. Maybe Major Motoko Kusanagi will succeed where Kaneda failed.

Ghost in the Shell (1995) Movie Poster

Via : Deadline

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  • Jared

    oh man, hope they dont screw this up!

  • Dedpool

    One of the few anaime titles that can be changed location wise, meaning Japan doesn’t HAVE to be the setting and the cast doesn’t have to be Asian. That said it’d work better there.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Having your name attached as the mastermind behind Snow White and the Huntsman does not inspire confidence.

    • Dedpool

      See I wasn’t touching that aspect. LOL. Though it wasn’t a horrible moive, actually everything about it except for Stewart was decent. Could’ve worked on the story a bit more but otherwise wasnt horrible as a darker re-imaging of the story.