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The live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” will now be distributed by Paramount Pictures instead of Disney.
The move comes after Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures ended its agreement with Disney and moved to Universal Pictures. Paramount is co-financing the film.
Based on Masamune Shirow’s seminal cyberpunk manga and the subsequent anime franchise, “Ghost in the Shell” centers on Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in near-future Japan led by Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), the film stars Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk. It’s set to open March 31, 2017.