Netflix has dropped a bombshell, announcing that it's developing a new Ghost in the Shell anime called Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045.
The company tweeted the news -- in all caps, so you know it's serious -- informing fans of Masamune Shirow's highly popular manga/anime of its plans to release the property in 2020, although it didn't state if it was a movie or a series. What's interesting is the announcement indicates it will be directed by anime veterans Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed); both of whom were previously attached to a reboot in 2017.
YES, A NEW GHOST IN THE SHELL ANIME IS COMING.— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 8, 2018
Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 will be directed by Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex’s Kenji Kamiyama. On @Netflix in 2020!
*desire to explore the true meaning of human consciousness intensifies* pic.twitter.com/MgKzX2KydQ
Nothing came of that project which was driven by Japan-headquartered Production I.G. and publisher Kodansha, and now it seems Netflix is picking up the slack. Of course, news of that initial reboot came at a time when the widely-panned Hollywood movie adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson hit cinemas, so it could be that the project was simply waiting for the backlash to die down and find a new home.
Details are minimal on SAC_2045, though speculation has it that it could be a sequel to 2002's Stand Alone Complex, which focused on politics, hacktivism and world wars, with the protagonist, Major, going up against a tyrant called the Puppeteer.