Published Apr 07, 2017To the surprise of almost no one, the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell was a flop at the box office, but that isn't deterring Japanese studio Production I.G from drawing up plans for a new anime edition based on the franchise.
Today (April 7), the studio announced it has greenlit a new "animation project' that will be co-directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed). Further details remain scarce, though the studio said to "stay tuned for future updates."
Originally created as a manga series by Shirow Masamune in 1989, Ghost in the Shell has since been adapted by the worlds of animated television shows and films, videogames, action figures and more.
On top of only the new Hollywood adaptation only making $19 million USD on its opening weekend — which doesn't exactly stack up to its $110 million USD budget — the live-action film is set to lose a reported $60 million based on global box office projections of $200 million and combined P&A/production costs of $250 million, Deadline reports. Of course, a viral campaign rallying against what was scene as Hollywood whitewashing didn't help all this.