Scarlett Johansson: Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Begins Filming in Early 2016
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Actress Scarlett Johansson gave an update on Dreamworks' live-action Ghost in the Shell film during the press event for next month's Avengers: Age of Ultron. She told the Collider website, "It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it's me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that's all I know."
The anime studio Production I.G pitched the rights for Masamune Shirow's original cyber-police manga on behalf of the manga's publisher Kodansha in 2007, and DreamWorks acquired the live-action film rights in 2008. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the film off a script by William Wheeler (Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist). Avi Arad (formerly of Marvel Studios as well as of the Spider-Man and X-Men movie franchises), Seaside Entertainment's Steven Paul, and Mark Sourian (The Ring Two) are producing.
Disney scheduled its release of Dreamworks' live-action film for April 14, 2017. Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner has been distributing Dreamworks films since 2009.
The American arm of Kodansha began reprinting the manga in 2009, after Dark Horse Comics had the license. Kodansha also launched two new manga series based on director Kenji Kamiyama's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television anime series that year. In addition to Mamoru Oshii's two anime films and Kamiyama's two Stand Alone Complex television series and spinoff feature, Shirow's manga also inspired the recent Ghost in the Shell Arise prequel anime with its own tie-in feature film release and television broadcast.