We’re finally getting a look at the therm-optic camo, Batou, and more in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation.
The (I’m guessing) final trailer for the much-anticipated Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation has arrived and though it does reveal more than previous trailers, it still manages to preserve some mystery. We see more Batou, flashes of a few other characters, and get more of a look at Michael Pitt’s mysterious Kuzo, who appears to be a composite of certain villains/characters from the anime/manga series.
One other mystery that still hasn’t been solved yet is what the movie will be rated, though I’d be surprised if it was anything other than a PG-13. All in all, it looks like Dreamworks and Paramount have at least a modest hit on their hands, though with movie budgets being what they are these days, I’m sure they’re hoping for more than modest returns.
Definitely looking forward to seeing this in theaters.
Update 2-2-17: Ghost In the Shell Super Bowl Spot Touches Down
The soon-to-be-in-theaters Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation dropped a new 30-second spot during the Super Bowl. And though it definitely focused on the ‘therm-optic’ camo angle that they played up with the first trailer, it also provided a few very interesting new glimpses, including Scarlett Johansson’s Major Kusanagi literally removing part of her face.
March 31st isn’t too far off, and if nothing else, it looks like Ghost in the Shell will at least be delivering some interesting visuals. Also, it looks like we’re set to get one more trailer before the movie.
Update 11-14-16: First Ghost in the Shell Trailer Provides a Few Answers
After weathering a barrage of initial whitewashing accusations once it was revealed Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead, followed by “it won’t live up to the anime,” followed by a regular stream of both, the Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation has continued forward, managing to slowly win some fans with the cryptic teasers it released back in August. And now, the first full trailer is here. And though it still manages to maintain some of the mystery, we’re finally getting a few answers.
How’s the Therm-Optic Camo Look?
Well, about like you’d expect. As revealing as they felt like they could make it in a major Hollywood studio release with an A-list actor, but not quite as revealing as in the original anime. As an effect, it looks well enough done.
How Faithful Will it Be to the Anime?
So far, it’s at least recreating a few of the iconic scenes from the anime (the camo-in-water fight, and the camo-drop from the roof / window crash assault.) And it definitely feels like it’s mining the vibe and atmosphere of the original. At this point, it looks like it will at least be respectful and moderately referential to the source material, if not more closely tied
Do We Finally Get to See Batou?
Yes. It’s a fairly brief look, but it’s nice to finally see some of the other characters getting a little bit of screen time. This is a reunion of sorts for Johansson and Pilou Asbæk (the actor playing Batou), who were both in Luc Besson’s Lucy together.
Does the Trailer Reveal Everything?
No, thankfully. It’s a little more revealing than the teasers, but it still manages to maintain a somewhat cryptic feel. All in all, I’m still very much looking forward to the movie come March 31, 2017.
Update 11-7-16: New Ghost in the Shell Promo Teases Controversial Therm-Optic Camo
Another quick 15-second teaser, in the style of the promos released back in August teasing the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation, has been released, finally providing a glimpse of the therm-optic camouflage the main character wears. Fans of the anime will instantly know what this means, for everyone else, it’s a skin-suit that the main character, Major Kusanagi, wore in the original, which left nothing to the imagination. And though it’s still form fitting and somewhat revealing in the movie update, it’s a good deal more modest.
It’s an interesting glimpse, recreating one of the iconic scenes from the series, but that’s really all it is. A glimpse. A full trailer should be dropping sometime in the next week or so.
Update 8-22-16: Ghost in the What the Hell? Paramount’s 5 Teasers Hint at a Worthy Movie
Paramount Pictures has released a series of 5 Ghost in the Shell movie teasers for their upcoming live-action take on the popular anime and manga series. And before I watched them, I made sure to go through a few sets of ocular exercises to make sure I didn’t strain my eyes from the impending and all but guaranteed eye-rolling. But then, well, something happened. The teasers were actually compelling and presented a movie that not only might not be the flaming train wreck one would [Click here to read more…]
Is There Whitewashing Going On With Ghost in the Shell Movie Adaptation?
Ghost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow’s iconic Japanese manga and animated movie which then gave rise to a sequel, additional movies and at least a couple of animated TV series, is getting a new live-action adaptation. It’s been a long road for this live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation, starting back in 2008 with Steven Spielberg. He acquired the rights to produce a live-action adaptation of the manga though DreamWorks, and screenwriter Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was hired to write it. In October 2009, Moss was replaced with Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) as the writer, and then the project went dark for a time. Finally, it was announced in January 2014 that Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) would be directing based on a script from a third writer, William Wheeler (The Hoax). Later that year on September 3rd, it was announced that Margot Robbie was in talks to star in the lead role. However, she was unable to take on the role due to her involvement in Suicide Squad, so on October 16th, they reportedly offered Scarlett Johansson 10 million dollars to come onboard. In May of 2015, financing came together when Paramount stepped in to co-produce, and finally, in February this year, principal photography began in Wellington, new Zealand.
And now, we’ve finally got a first look at the protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi, as played by Scarlett Johansson. And she’s looking pretty good.
Here’s the official synopsis: 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.
Johansson is joined by Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) as Batou, the best fighter and second in command in the army, Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Hannibal) as The Laughing Man, leader of a extremist terrorist group, veteran Japanese action and director Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, the founder and leader of Section 9, and Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet.
However, the decision to cast Johansson and the recently released photo from the set have created an outcry from many fans, protesting what they see as the whitewashing of traditionally Asian characters, and they pulled together a petition with 65,678 signatures against this casting. Petition creator Julie Rodriguez voiced her opinion: Dreamworks could be using this film to help provide opportunities for Asian-American actors in a market with few opportunities for them to shine — please sign the petition asking them to reconsider casting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and select actors who are truer to the cast of the original film!
Other’s have also been speaking out, including Ming-Na (Agents of Shield) who recently took to Twitter:
Nothing against Scarlett Johansson. In fact, I’m a big fan. But everything against this Whitewashing of Asian role.? https://t.co/VS6r6iish9
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) April 14, 2016
Many fans also voiced their opinion that it would have been wiser for the filmmakers to change the Japanese setting and main character’s name in order to make it a more complete cultural adaptation. Interestingly, this casting appears not to have caused as much controversy in Japan. In fact, Sam Yoshiba, the director of Manga publisher Kodansha’s international business division in Tokyo has spoken out in support of Johansson. “Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast. She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place… This is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world.” And Kotaku recently published an article further revealing a large variety of opinions and reactions from Japanese fans, a few of which we’ll share here:
“The gap between Japan and abroad is interesting. Japan: A white person is okay, right? Abroad: We won’t forgive white-washing, cast an Asian person.”
“Japanese people don’t really care, and that’s really depressing.”
“I laughed at them casting a foreigner as a Japanese character.”
“I’m not going to watch this, so whatever.”
“There aren’t high-level Japanese actresses, so this can’t be helped…”
“Twenty years earlier, this would’ve been Milla Jovovich.”
“I have no idea why people are complaining this much.”
“Taylor Swift would’ve been better.”
“There would be controversy no matter who starred.”
“Putting race on a cyborg…”
“Don’t care too much about this image. My concern is the substance.”
“You know it’s going to end up totally different, so who cares about the casting.”
The movie, as of now, will not be changing its already-chosen cast. The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie adaptation is planned for a March 31, 2017, release.
What are your opinions on all this? Tell us in the comments.
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