While Warner Bros. still struggles to get its live-action 'Akira' remake up and running, DreamWorks is moving ahead on an adaptation of another classic anime, 'Ghost in the Shell.' Director Rupert Sanders ('Snow White and the Huntsman') is developing the project with 'Wolf of Wall Street' star Margot Robbie in talks to play the lead.
Though Magna (Japanese comic books) have long been a solid cult industry in America, Hollywood has had no luck so far in bringing those comics to the big screen (for instance: 'Akira'). But that luck may have changed as DreamWorks now has plans to adapt 'Ghost in the Shell' for the big screen, with 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders behind the helm.
Universal is going forward with their 'Van Hesling' reboot, and currently have Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman attached as writers and producers, and Tom Cruise attached as the star (and producer... when you're successful, you get to produce your hits). Now it looks like Rupert Sanders' hat is in the ring for the directing gig (no word if he will also get to produce).
Earlier this year, Universal was so high on 'Snow White and the Huntsman' that they hired David Koepp to draft a sequel before the first film was even released. The film ended up doing $154 Million domestic and nearly $400 Million worldwide (on a $170 Million budget), so a sequel made sense. Then it came out that Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders had an affair. And now Koepp has left the sequel, Universal is saying that Stewart won't be back and they're talking about focusing on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman.