Not to deterred by the lackluster response to the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie in the West, it was announced by publisher Kodansha and anime production house Production I.G today that a new Ghost in the Shell anime was in the works.
Ghost in the Shell (Kōkaku Kidōtai in Japan) started as a manga by Masamune Shirow and had a few animated films (most notably Ghost in the Shell in 1995, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence in 2004), a couple of animated television series (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig), and an original animation video series Ghost in the Shell: Arise. The different versions (movie, TV series, OAV) all have their takes on the near-future adventures of Major Motoko Kusanagi and the crew of the special investigations unit Section 9 who solve and combat corruption and cybercrimes.
No talk of what format the new production will be in (TV series, movie, OAV, etc), when it will be released, or what the story would be. However, it was revealed that Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series director) and Shinji Aramaki (2004 Appleseed movie director) were onboard as co-directors of the project.
Anime News Network indicated that the new work would be based on the Ghost in the Shell manga, while the robo-translation of the Japanese Production I.G announcement hinted at a "new world" of Ghost in the Shell.
We'll keep our cybereyes peeled for more information in the future. Hopefully this new iteration travels westward like its previous incarnations have.