Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rupert Sanders Signs On To Direct GHOST IN THE SHELL Adaptation for Dreamworks

There's a demand out there for studios to adapt well-known animproperties into live-action films.Over the years, several studios have tried and failed to adapt successful animated hits like AKIRA and AEON FLUX, but they either stalled out in pre-production or failed at the box office.Several years ago, there was a planned adaptation of COWBOY BEBOP with Keanu Reeves set to star.That of course fell through as well, but damn it if the studios never say die!

In fact, they're pushing one of the biggest animhits of all time through production now.Dreamworks is setting up a live-action, big-screen version of GHOST IN THE SHELL, and they've hired SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN director/philanderer/Kristen Stewart lover Rupert Sanders to helm the film. The project is expected to be shot in 3D from a script by screenwriter William Wheeler.

As Slashfilm points out, writer Laeta Kalogridis was hired by Dreamworks to write a treatment for the ambitious film back in 2009, but since then, she's written hits like Martin Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND and James Cameron's AVATAR.Either she never finished the work, or her services are no longer available due to her commitment on TERMINATOR: GENESIS.Either way, here's a quick synopsis of the story:

Ghost in the Shell follows Major Motoko Kusanagi's pursuit of the cyber-criminal The Puppeteer, who commits crimes by "ghost hacking", or taking control of human minds. We learn that the Puppeteer is actually an autonomous artificial intelligence created by a government foreign affairs and counter-terrorism agency called Section 6. Kusangi's body is largely bionic, and when she and the Puppeteer come together a unique synthesis takes place.

Rupert Sanders, of course, is mostly well-known for his accomplishments outside of the film world, due to his well-publicized affair with actress Kristen Stewart.This of course made a zillion TWILIGHT fangirls angry because, HOW COULD SHE DO THAT TO ROB!? Either way, he's still attached to direct a sequel to SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, so Hollywood is still as immoral as we always thought it was.How many GHOST IN THE SHELL fans do we have out there?Are you excited to see it come to life on the big screen?


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