Published on April 14th, 2016 | by SUSHIBOMB STAFF0
MOVIES |FIRST LOOK: SCARLETT JOHANSSON IN LIVE-ACTION GHOST IN THE SHELL PARAMOUNT PICTURES DREAMWORKS PICTURES RUPERT SANDERS
Yes folks, here is an official image of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell (2017) the live-action adaptation of the beloved manga, and anime series.
Rupert Sanders (“Snow White And the Huntsman”) is directing with filming taking place in Wellington, New Zealand.
This 2017 adaptation looks to be another one of those Hollywood adaptation attempts that could fall flat. Remember Charlize Theron in Aion Flux?
The original Ghost in the Shell anime was produced by Production I.G. who also worked on The Animatrix, and Kill Bill Vol.1 anime sequence.
Ghost in the Shell is set for a March 31, 2017 theatrical release. Press release details below.
via Indie Wire
The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2,” “IRON MAN”), Ari Arad (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”), and Steven Paul (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”). Michael Costigan (“PROMETHEUS”), Tetsu Fujimura (“TEKKEN”), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese “GHOST IN THE SHELL” film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (“EDGE OF TOMORROW,” “300”) will executive produce.
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
“We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL,’” said producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael Costigan and Jeffrey Silver. “The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film. The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level. The people of New Zealand have been terrific partners in helping us bring this story and its beloved characters to audiences around the world and we are thankful for their continued hospitality.”