Rupert Sanders to Direct GHOST IN THE SHELL for DreamWorks

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The Ghost in the Shell adaptation has been in various stages of development at DreamWorks for the last four years now, but it appears to have found a director in Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman).  Based on the 1989 manga by Masamune Shirow and adapted by screenwriter William Wheeler (The Hoax, The Cape), the futuristic police thriller 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.”  Hit the jump for more.

News of Sanders’ attachment to the Ghost in the Shell adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline.  One issue with Sanders is his schedule; he’s got a lot on his plate, including the narcotics enforcement thriller 90 Church set up at Universal, a Napoleon picture at Warner Bros., an adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth special forces thriller novel The Kill List, and The Juliet, an adaptation of a short story by Alfred Bester described as “Bonnie and Clyde in space”.  All of that and there’s no clear frontrunner as to which one will be Sanders’ next film.  As for Ghost in the Shell, if it eventually reaches the big screen, we can check it off our Hollywood! Adapt This list.

Check out the trailer from the 1995 anime here:

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  • Jan

    Can’t wait for Dreamworks to announce the all-white cast for this.
    Go, Hollywood!

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      I haven’t seen the original, but the “cybernetic human host” looks like it would be a perfect part for Rinko Kikuchi.

    • axalon

      “Who will make more money, a white person or an Asian?”

      “Well sir, we could win more favor with the fans if we cast an Asian–”

      “Yeah that was rhetorical, their curiosity will get the best of them and those idiots will pay to see it anyway.”

      -How the executive meetings for these projects go.

      • Jan

        From what executive did you get this entirely accurate transcript?!

      • jack

        I believe it was Ann E. Oneofthem

      • jack

        I believe it was Ann E. Oneofthem

      • Elvin Jensen

        This! I can’t imagine the meetings going any other way than this.
        Dragon Ball Z and The Last Airbender comes to mind immediately (movie adaptations).

      • RiddleThemThis

        To be fair, casting asians in either of those films would not have made them better. We did get Chow Yun-Fat in DB: Evolution though.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Well, is this reboot set in Japan or America? If it were to be set in America, it wouldn’t make any sense to have a Japanese cast. Hollywood has been remaking foreign films for a long time and using american casts intended for american audiences, that’s sort of the point.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Well, is this reboot set in Japan or America? If it were to be set in America, it wouldn’t make any sense to have a Japanese cast. Hollywood has been remaking foreign films for a long time and using american casts intended for american audiences, that’s sort of the point.

    • pinkincide

      When will Japanese animators start drawing characters with actual Asian features? You would have to cast Caucasians with black hair just to match the original look.

    • pinkincide

      When will Japanese animators start drawing characters with actual Asian features? You would have to cast Caucasians with black hair just to match the original look.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      You can bet there will be a black guy in there somewhere.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      You can bet there will be a black guy in there somewhere.

  • TomNewYorker

    love to see who will get cast. already did my dreamcast on imdb. my dreamcast are
    Kristin Kreuk(from Smallville) as Major Motoko Kusanagi
    Mickey Rourke as Batou
    Stephen Amell(from Arrow) as Togusa
    Jk Simmons as section 9 chief aramaki
    Amber Heard as puppet master
    James Earl Jones(cause his voice needs to be in everything) as fuchikoma
    Neal McDonough(from Captain America) as ishikawa
    Paul Eiding(from Wall E) as section 9 chief of nakamura
    jackie earle haley as minister of internal affairs
    (note: never seen the animated series just got these characters from wiki and imagine cast)

  • TomNewYorker

    love to see who will get cast. already did my dreamcast on imdb. my dreamcast are
    Kristin Kreuk(from Smallville) as Major Motoko Kusanagi
    Mickey Rourke as Batou
    Stephen Amell(from Arrow) as Togusa
    Jk Simmons as section 9 chief aramaki
    Amber Heard as puppet master
    James Earl Jones(cause his voice needs to be in everything) as fuchikoma
    Neal McDonough(from Captain America) as ishikawa
    Paul Eiding(from Wall E) as section 9 chief of nakamura
    jackie earle haley as minister of internal affairs
    (note: never seen the animated series just got these characters from wiki and imagine cast)

    • mattinacan

      you are kidding right? if you are not then that sounds like a terrible americanized cast. I hope they aren’t thinking like that. William Wheeler hasn’t done much, but the hoax was well written as was the reluctant fundamentalist – he could do the adaptation justice.

    • mattinacan

      you are kidding right? if you are not then that sounds like a terrible americanized cast. I hope they aren’t thinking like that. William Wheeler hasn’t done much, but the hoax was well written as was the reluctant fundamentalist – he could do the adaptation justice.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      Anything with Amber Heard turns into a B movie automatically. She’s beautiful and provacative but she couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag.

      • aweraw

        You pick out Amber heard and not Kristin Kreuk…?

      • aweraw

        You pick out Amber heard and not Kristin Kreuk…?

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

    bring it

  • Noomba

    You heard it here first. Beckinsale will be Major.

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  • Pk

    Who cares? As long as its rated r,has a good story, a top notch cast,an attractive female lead and lots of nudity and well choreographed action sequences I’m in

  • Pk

    Who cares? As long as its rated r,has a good story, a top notch cast,an attractive female lead and lots of nudity and well choreographed action sequences I’m in

  • wqrqe

    They better make an awesome soundtrack like the anime and remake the feel of neo-china in an American setting. Aint no way this will have Asian cast members or an Asian setting. This is America we are talking about.

  • wqrqe

    They better make an awesome soundtrack like the anime and remake the feel of neo-china in an American setting. Aint no way this will have Asian cast members or an Asian setting. This is America we are talking about.

  • Anon

    This is gonna suck whoever directs it. First, NONE of the Animated versions even came close to Shirows work. Oshi’s treatments where bland, monotonous & BORING in every aspect. It had some mood I’ll give him that but other wise it was worse than watching paint dry. The closest anyone has come to the feel of the manga were the cut scenes in the PS1 game. At least the characters actually looked like the manga.

    Second a western director will probably just not ‘get it’ the only one who might is Del Torro as he is quite into Manga.

    Additionally, I’d like to thank /Film for blocking/banning me from Disquss because they dont like my opinions? F*** you.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Even if the movie is better than the original, you will still have something to complain about and believe that the film is awful.
      We all know that westerners who have made it in the film industry will not be able to understand the original eastern film because it is just completely beyond their comprehension. Clearly western fans can understand it though, no problem.
      That is why “The Departed”, “A Fistful of Dollars”, “The Magnificent Seven”, etc.. are such bad films.

      • Anon

        They need to just leave it alone. Leave it ALONE.

      • Anon

        And as for Shirow, he has just sold out anyway. All he does is anime girls gettin raped by anthropomorphic horses ect..too bad. Wanted another Appleseed..

      • Nanashrew

        It just needs a good director and writers with a subtle hand. Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk cult classic movie with lots of deep philosophical discussion on humanity, existentialism, politics and foreign affairs. The Wachowski brothers main source of inspiration for The Matrix was from this movie and it uses the influences wisely and subtly.

        That said. I don’t think Rupert Sanders has what it takes to do the adaptation any justice.

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