So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading
The western adaptation of the anime awesomeness that is Ghost in the Shell has officially entered production with its first still from the film. Scarlett Johansson is not exactly busting out of her Black Widow stereotype, by still proving to be a stone-cold killer in bringing this comic book series to life!
The first released image shows us Johansson’s Major Matoko Kusanagi, the protagonist of the film and a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid. Her role in the movie is to investigate the death of an arms dealer, one year after the end of WWIV. Continue reading
A new screenwriter has been brought in to do an overhaul on the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, says the Hollywood Reporter.
The new writer is Jonathan Herman, who wrote this year’s Straight Outta Compton, the film about hip hop group N.W.A. Like for Ghost in the Shell, Herman was brought in to do a rewrite on that film after it had been tackled by several other writers.
Hollywood Reporter also dropped a few hints about the plot of Ghost in the Shell, which is set to open March 31, 2017: Continue reading
Director Rupert Sanders’ (Snow White and the Huntsman) live action take on the classic anime Ghost in the Shell will be released a little earlier than expected. Disney and DreamWorks have announced that the release date of the film has moved from April 14th, 2017 to March 31st, 2017. Continue reading
A few months ago it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would be taking on the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. There was a mixed reaction from fans, as some people thought the casting was great, while others were upset they cast a white girl in the role of a Japanese character.
While speaking with Collider, Johansson said, “It’s happening. It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it’s me and Rupert [Sanders], and that’s all I know.” Continue reading
The controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell film continues. It’s now the subject of an online petition aimed at Dreamworks, the producers of the film, which urges them to consider recasting the role with an Asian-American actor.
As of this writing, the petition has 35,827 signatures out of a goal of 36,000.
The text of the petition reads as follows: Continue reading
Good news for those of you who are looking forward to the Scarlett Johansson-starring adaptation of Ghost in the Shell: you won’t have to wait too long to see it. According to Exhibitor Relations (via /Film), Disney has set the film for release on April 14th, 2017. Another film involving ScarJo, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, has been bumped back from this October to April 15, 2016. So it looks like we’ll have two ScarJo movies kicking off the summer movie season for two years in a row.