Deadline has reported that DreamWorks has made a deal with Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders to direct Ghost In The Shell, a live-action film based on the Japanese manga futuristic police thriller that has a new script from William Wheeler.
According to Deadline, “The story 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.”
DreamWorks acquired this project several years ago with ambitious plans them to shoot it in 3D, fueled by the personal passion of Steven Spielberg. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul.
Ghost in the Shell was created by Masamune Shirow, and was first published in 1989 by Kodansha, which was one of the largest publishing companies in Japan. It went on to generate two additional manga editions, three anime film adaptations, an anime TV series and three videogames. DreamWorks released the second anime film.