Paramount Pictures Logo 001 - 20160126It’s moving day for the Ghost in the Shell movie!

Earlier today, Variety reported that DreamWork’s live-action Ghost in the Shell film is undergoing a minor shake-up. While the feature will keep its planned March 31, 2017 première date, distribution will move from Disney to Paramount.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie was greenlit for production in January. Disney originally stepped forward to produce the feature, which begins filming this year. Paramount signed on to co-produce the project in exchange for distribution rights in international markets.

Ghost in the Shell‘s script was written by William Wheeler (The Hoax) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Straight Outta Compton writer Jonathan Herman was pulled onto the project to rewrite.

Ghost in the Shell PosterAri Arad, Avi Arad and Steven Paul are attached as producers on the project. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will serve as executive producers. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) was tapped to direct.

Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, The Avengers) is playing the role of Motoko Kusanagi in the feature. Sam Riley (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) were cast as The Laughing Man and Batou, respectively.

Source: Variety