Disney has scheduled Dreamworks’ live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga for April 14, 2017. Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner has been distributing Dreamworks films since 2009.

Last week, the entertainment news source Variety reported that Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the film. Previously, the Deadline website noted that Rupert Sanders would direct the film from a script written by William Wheeler. The producers for the film include Avi Arad, Seaside Entertainment’s Steven Paul, and Mark Sourian.

In 2008, Variety reported that Universal and Sony also negotiated for the rights. What turned the film toward Dreamworks’ favor was co-founder Steven Spielberg’s enthusiasm for the project. Spielberg was quoted by Variety as saying: “Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories. It’s a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to Dreamworks.”

The American arm of Kodansha, the manga’s original Japanese publisher, began to reprint the Ghost in the Shell manga in English in 2009.

Source: ANN