Following the lackluster success of Paramount’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, studio Production I.G announced today it was taking on the franchise again with a new, animated Ghost in the Shell project.
Production I.G worked on the original 1995 Japanese film and is teaming up with directors Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki for the new project. Kamiyama is best known for his work on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, the anime series Production I.G released between 2004 and 2005. Stand Alone Complex is based on the original Ghost in the Shell, created by Masamune Shirow. Aramaki is new to the Ghost in the Shell franchise, but is best known for his directorial work on Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina.
Kamiyama has previously hinted that he wanted to return to the Ghost in the Shell universe. When a fan asked about a potential third season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Kamiyama said he came across new information about the Ghost in the Shell world that he wanted to work on in the “near future.”
There is no estimated release date for the project just yet, and it’s unclear if it will be released in theaters stateside. It is currently in production, however, with more information expected to be released soon. Paramount’s live-action adaptation of the original source material, which stars Scarlett Johansson as the main character, the Major, is currently playing worldwide.