GHOST IN THE SHELL Movie to be Directed by Rupert Sanders
Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is set to direct the live-action big screen adaptation of the classic anime Ghost in the Shell. Sanders is a talented visual director so he's got that going for him, but the guy seems terrible with actors. I don't know if you saw Snow White and the Huntsman or not, but the acting and script were terrible. Charlize Theron was the best part of that movie.
The film is set up at DreamWorks, and is being produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad, and Steven Paul. Then of course Steven Spielberg is also a part of the team bringing the movie to life. The plan is to shoot it in 3D.
The script comes from William Wheeler, who hasn't really done anything I've heard of. 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.
Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two more manga editions, three anime film adaptations and an anime TV series. The second anime film, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.
I'm really hoping that this turns out to be a decent adaptation, but I'm not sold on Sanders' directing ability, and hopefully Arad doesn't screw things up too bad.