Disney just dropped the live-action Ghost in the Shell film from its 2017 release schedule but it's not what you think. The film is being made by Stephen Speilberg's Dreamworks, which recently jumped ship from Disney to Universal Pictures. It's a situation that's reminiscent of Legendary Pictures jump from Warner Bros. to Universal back in 2013. Like Dreamworks, Legendary was forced to juggle release dates for several films that were previously set to be released by WB.
Johansson previously stated that filming on Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled to begin in early-2016. The jump from Disney to Universal could result in a change in shooting schedule and a longer wait than the film's original March 31, 2017 US release date. Look for Universal to announce a new release date for the film in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood reports that Dreamworks is moving ahead with Ghost in the Shell and that the film will keep its origianl March 31, 2017. The site also reports that even though Dreamworks recently closed a distribution deal with Universal, the Ghost in the Shell film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.