Rupert Sanders to Direct Live-Action Adaptation of 'Ghost in the Shell'
Since director Rupert Sanders won't be able to take on the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, due to the complicated relationship situation that spawned with star Kristen Stewart, he's been trying to line up his next project. Sanders has been linked to a Napoleon biopic, the crime thriller 90 Church, an adaptation of The Kill List, and a sci-fi crime thriller called The Juliet. Now Deadline has word that he's also signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell, which has spawned anime films, a TV series, video games and more. Could this be another debacle like the live-action take of Akira?
For those who aren't familiar with Ghost in the Shell, the story follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. It's probably safe to say that this will be an Americanized version of the manga, because that's just what Hollywood likes to do (see The Last Airbender). William Wheeler (of The Hoax and "The Cape") has written a new script for the adaptation, which has been in development as far back as 2008 when Steven Spielberg was circling an adaptation. Could this work, or is anime as hard to develop into film as video games?