With Scarlett Johansson now attached to star, DreamWorks Pictures' live-action Ghost in the Shell finally has a release date: Disney announced the Rupert Sanders adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk manga will land in theaters on April 14, 2017.
Debuting in 1989, Ghost in the Shell centers on Public Security Section 9, a counter-cyberterrorist organization in near-future Japan led by Major Motoko Kusanagi. The manga inspired animated films, video games and an animated television series.
Disney also set its 3D remake of its 1977 film Pete's Dragon for Aug. 12, 2016, and shuffled the Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book from 2015 to April 15, 2016.
Initially scheduled for release Oct. 9, the retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic stories blends live-action and CG, with a cast that includes Johansson, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Christopher Walken. Warner Bros. recently moved its own Jungle Book: Origins, directed by Andy Serkis, from Oct. 21, 2016, to Oct. 6, 2017.