The ructions surrounding Rupert Sanders cheating on his wife with Kristen Stewart rather dulled the impact Snow White And The Huntsman could have has on his career, but he’s now signed up for a new major project. Deadline reports that he’s attached to helm Ghost in the Shell for DreamWorks.
A film based on the acclaimed Manga has been in the works for years, but this is the first major news for about five years. The adaptation has long been a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who acquired the property in 2008 and set Jamie Moss (Street Kings) to write the script, with Laeta Kalogridis later coming onboard to take over screenplay duties.
The project is based on Masamune Shirow’s 1989 Manga, which is about a covert unit within the Japanese National Public Safety Commission who fight tech-related crimes. Since it’s publication, it’s been adapted into an animate powerhouse franchise with the likes of 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. It’s also been turned into successful videogames.
William Wheeler (The Tourist, The Hoax) wrote the most recent version of the script. However it isn’t known when it will shoot.