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With the live-action adaptations of Akira and Bleach still pretty much stuck in limbo, those interested in seeing a Hollywood blockbuster version of the Japanese art form can now turn their sights on Ghost in the Shell.

Deadline reports that Rupert Sanders has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation for DreamWorks.

The studio acquired the project back in 2008, fuelled by the passion of Steven Spielberg. Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was originally to pen the script, before Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) replaced him. But now it looks like the studio has started over, with a new script from William Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

The story 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.

The long-running franchise began life as a manga series back in 1989, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. Since then, there have been two further manga volumes, »

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