Guess who's directing that live-action Ghost in the Shell movie?

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Jan 27, 2014, 2:08 PM EST (Updated)

DreamWorks is one step closer to producing itsĀ Ghost in the Shell movie. Last week it hired Rupert Sanders to direct its live-action adaptation. If the name doesn't ring a bell, let us refresh your memory: He's the guy who directed 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.

The script is written by William Wheeler, who doesn't have many credits to his name. But a couple projects stand out, like 2006's The Hoax, and three episodes of NBC's short-lived seriesĀ The Cape. So you can take that how you want it. Ghost in the Shell is completely different from anything Wheeler's ever attempted.

Ghost in the Shell is a lucrative property that started with a successful Japanese manga. It was then adapted into multiple animated films, a television series and even a few videogames. Ghost in the Shell "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."

Will DreamWorks finally get the movie off the ground? Japanese manga and anime aren't the easiest to adapt. They have rich stories that are deeply rooted in their culture. Hollywood adaptations tend to suffer from whitewashing. Remember what happened to Dragon Ball? Or the long-developing Akira and Cowboy Bebop films? The latter two didn't even make it to the screen.

What do you think of Sanders tackling Ghost in the Shell?

(via Deadline)

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