In mid-October last year, we brought word that Scarlett Johansson was being lined up to headline a live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL adaptation. Back then it was said that Johansson had been offered the lead in the film, and now comes confirmation, via Variety, that she will indeed be taking centre-stage in DreamWorks’ film.
This live-action adaptation of the classic anime and manga series has been in development for a while now, with SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN’s Rupert Sanders on board to direct from a script by William Wheeler. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are on board as producers, with Steven Spielberg also involved in the project. The futuristic thrill-ride could be stunning if handled correctly, especially given the latest modern technology that would be available to create such a world. The original 1989 feature from Masmune Shirow, about a bizarre and complex future that see an ops unit tackling technology-related crime, has spawned multiple animated series, films and comic books over the years, gaining a huge cult following.
Expect more on this live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL as it develops.
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