According to Deadline, director Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Huntsman fame has been appointed to direct the Hollywood adaptation of Masamune Shirou (manga) and Mamoru Oshii's (anime) GHOST IN THE SHELL.
GHOST IN THE SHELL (Kōkaku Kidōtai) was an SF anime movie shown in 1995 set in the future which told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi and their investigation of the international fugitive, the Puppet Master. This movie was a hit both in Japan and internationally, and is even said to have lit the flame of the Japanese Anime boom that followed. This was also serialized later on.
Sanders made his feature film debut in 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. This movie was nominated for best costume design and best visual effects at the Academy Awards.
The rights to produce the live action film was acquired by DreamWorks in 2008. It was announced that Ari Arad (Spiderman), Avi Arad (Ironman) and Steven Paul (Ghostrider) would be producing while William Wheeler (The Hoax) was originally tasked to make the screenplay, but the project went silent soon after.