Paramount Pictures has taken over as distributor and co-financer on both Dreamworks’ “Ghost in the Shell” and “The Girl on the Train”. Disney was previously attached to distribute.
Rupert Sanders helms ‘Ghost’, an adaptation of the popular Japanese franchise starring Scarlett Johansson as the member of a covert ops unit attempting to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.
Tate Taylor directs ‘Girl’, an adaptation of the runaway bestseller about a depressed woman who witnesses something horrific on her regular commute. Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Lisa Kudrow and Luke Evans star.
The films were set for a March 31st 2017 and an October 7th 2016 release date respectively. Despite the switch, those dates remain set.
In other scheduling news, Universal has set a January 27th 2017 release date for Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media’s “A Dog’s Purpose” starring Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton and Britt Robertson.
An adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron’s 2010 novel, Lasse Hallstrom helms the film about a devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he loves by teaching them to laugh and love.