Disney has announced the official release date to Dreamworks’ live-action adaptation to the Japanese manga series “Ghost in the Shell” starring Scarlett Johansson. Read on further details.
Dreamworks’ live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga and anime franchise “Ghost in the Shell” has finally been green-lit with Disney announcing the release date of the sci-fi action pic, which is set on April 14, 2017. DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg, who is a huge fan of the original franchise, has long wanted to get the film off the ground.
The adaptation will set “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson as Masune Shirow’s series protagonist Motoko Kusanagi or a westernized version of the character. Johansson has been offered to take up the lead role following her success in action roles such as Marvel’s Black Widow and the titular role in the sci-fi action pic “Lucy.” Johansson’s worth has boosted significantly, being sought-after for lead action roles at this moment.
Set in the mid-21st century Japan, “Ghost in the Shell” tells the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization, Public Security Section 9. It is a special operations task force made up of former military officers and police detectives led by Major Motoko Kusanagi, specializing in fighting various technology-related crimes. In the post-cyberpunk imagining of the future, computer technology has advanced to the point that many members of the public possess “cyberbrains.” It was said that technology that allows a person to interface their biological brain with various networks. This high level of “cyberization,” however, opens the brain up to attacks from highly skilled hackers. As such, it is up to Public Security Section 9 to prevent the most dangerous beings from hacking a person to bend to their whims.
The manga has been adapted into several different anime adaptations starting with the 1995 film of the same name and television series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” in 2002. In 2013, “Ghost in the Shell: Arise” film series was released with its first two episodes. The third episode of the four-part series was set to be released on June 28, 2014.
DreamWorks and Spielberg acquired the rights to produce the adaptation “Ghost in a Shell” in 2008. Avi Arad, Mark Sourian and Steven Paul will produce, with Bill Wheeler penning the screenplay. Rupert Sanders, whose first feature film is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” is tied to direct the live-action adaptation.
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