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It hasn’t been an easy road for Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell adaptation. The film has been mired in controversy almost ever since it was first announced that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of The Major. Of course, you’re never going to please everyone when you adapt such a beloved property like this, but we must say that Paramount has gone a long way to win people over, offering up a stunning first trailer and presenting to us what looks like a slick, stylish action romp that might just be one of the more enjoyable films this year.
Now, with the movie’s release less than 2 months away, the marketing is starting to heat up. Or at least, it sounded like it was. Earlier this week, reports emerged that the studio was putting together a new trailer for us. It was supposed to drop »
- Michael Briers
Business magnate and SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk once labeled artificial intelligence as humanity’s greatest existential threat but in the universe of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, it may be our only hope.
On March 31, director Rupert Sanders will introduce Shirow’s hit manga to the moviegoing masses in the form of a neo-noir adaptation dripping with style, one in which Scarlett Johansson takes point as the deadly Major Motoko Kusanagi. Her mission? To mitigate any of the threats brewing deep within the bowels of the city’s criminal underbelly, be they cyborg criminals or rampant extremists. Cries of whitewashing notwithstanding, so far Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell has impressed with its slick visuals and fight choreography – Johansson performed many of her own stunts for the film – and it appears as though the studio is on the verge of staging one final marketing push before the movie’s release. »
- Michael Briers
From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from director Rupert Sanders' live-action feature "Ghost in the Shell", based on the comic book/ anime property, starring Scarlett Johansson as 'The Major', a special ops, human-cyborg hybrid, opening March 31, 2017:
"...'The Major' (Johansson) and her task force 'Section 9'...
"...thwart cyber criminals and hackers.
"Now, they must face a new enemy...
"...who will stop at nothing...
"...to sabotage artificial intelligence technology..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Ghost In The Shell"...
- Michael Stevens
Scarlett Johansson isn't letting the haters get her down!
Et recently caught up with the 32-year-old actress, where she got candid about receiving criticism for her casting in director Rupert Sanders' latest live-action adaptation, Ghost in the Shell, out March 31.
"I'm skeptical of the casting myself," Johansson, who portrays a typically Japanese manga character known as the Major in the film, joked to Et's Cameron Mathison. "No! I hope that fans go on this journey of self-discovery with this character and are taken away to this world, a world Rupert so painstakingly created for them."
"You know, there's a lot of great, kind of references -- visual references -- for the fans that hopefully will have them standing and cheering," she continued. "Fingers crossed, we'll see."
Johansson admitted, however, that she has yet to see the final version of the film »
Aside from the Major being played by a white woman, it looks like director Rupert Sanders’ upcoming live-action Ghost In The Shell Movie is going to be fairly aesthetically faithful to the original anime film. If “fairly faithful” isn’t good enough for you, though, Funimation Films will be taking advantage of the new film’s hype by re-releasing the Mamoru Oshii-directed original in theaters for a limited run this February. You’ll even be able to choose between screenings with subtitles and screenings with an English dub, depending on if you’re a serious anime fan or some illiterate poser.
This comes from Deadline, which says there will also be a “deluxe Blu-ray and DVD collector’s edition” featuring a remastered version of the old movie, which will be available on March 7. The limited theatrical run will happen in 110 U.S. theaters on February 7 and 8 ...
- Sam Barsanti
Think what you will about the upcoming remake of Ghost in the Shell (trailer), I for one am looking forward to a live-action version of the movie, the truth remains that Mamoru Oshii's original vision will never disappear and we can revisit it whenever we'd like - occasionally even on the big screen!
Funimation has announced that they will be re-releasing Oshii's Ghost in the Shell in a limited theatrical capacity across the Us in February, just over a month before Rupert Sanders' live-action remake hits theatres at the end of the March.
The release is also a nice tie-in to Funimation's release of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence which will be available February 7 on Blu-ray/DVD C [Continued ...] »
6 items from 2017
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