Mr. Robot is pretty much the perfect place to jumpstart a movie’s viral marketing campaign, so Paramount Pictures premiered a series of teaser videos for their manga-inspired, live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell during Wednesday’s season two finale.
Ghost in the Shell is an upcoming 2017 science-fiction-crime-drama film based on the popular Japanese manga and anime movie series of the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and joined by an ensemble cast that includes Kaori Momoi, Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet and Pilou Asbaek as Batou. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasaris Ratuere, Yutaka Izumuhara and Tuwanda Manyimo.
When it was announced that Ghost in the Shell will be getting a live-action adaptation, newcomers to the franchise and preexisting fans of the Japanese landmark alike were excited by the news. Although the casting of Scarlet Johansson as the lead female character made some controversy, the movie is finally making strides toward completion.
Ghost in the Shell follows a cyborg policewoman The Major (played by Johansson) who lead an elite task force called Section 9. Their mission is to thwart dangerous cyber criminals and extremists. Now, they must face an enemy whose singular goal is to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s Artificial Intelligence technology.
According to rocketnews, one of the biggest unanswered questions about the project is which version of its source material is serving as its biggest inspiration. The animated theatrical feature from director Mamoru Oshii, the anime TV series helmed by Kenji Kamiyama and the original manga by series creator Masamune Shirow all have significantly different tones in their treatment of the cybernetics-permeated world in which Ghost in the Shell takes place.
Based on the brief glimpses of the teasers, it looks like the animated theatrical feature from director Oshii is having the largest influence on the live-action movie. The scene where Scarlett Johansson wakes up in her bed looks like one of protagonist Motoko Kusanagi doing the same in the anime film.
Ghost in the Shell is scheduled for release in the US on March 31, 2017.
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