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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:25 am 
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Rupert Sanders to Direct Live Action Ghost in the Shell

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Jan 24, 2014

Next to Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, a movie that Warner Bros. has been trying to turn into a live action epic for a long time, Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell may be one of the most known Japanese Manga comics and Anime films outside of Japan, and DreamWorks seems to be ready to move forward with the idea of doing a live action version of the Japanese cyberpunk cartoon after years of trying to make it happen. According to Deadline, DreamWorks has made a deal with Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, to help bring the sci-fi police thriller to life from a script by William Wheeler.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow's original 1989 complex futuristic thriller about the members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the comics led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.

It's not yet determined whether Sanders might tackle Ghost in the Shell next since he has a number of other projects lined up, including 90 Church for Universal, a Napoleon Bonaparte movie at Warner Bros., a film called Juliet with Sony and New Regency, as well as an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's thriller The Kill List.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghost in the Shell
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:16 pm 
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Ghost in the Shell, Starring Scarlett Johansson, Moves Release Date

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Apr 29, 2015

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Walt Disney Pictures has announced today that Rupert Sanders’ (Snow White and the Huntsman) live-action take on Ghost in the Shell, a DreamWorks Pictures production, has moved up from its April 14, 2017 release date to two weeks earlier on March 31, 2017.

Avengers: Age of Ultron and Lucy star Scarlett Johansson will headline the adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. Ghost in the Shell was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.

The release date shift is likely inspired by the recently-announced Fast & Furious 8, which is set to debut April 14. Currently Ghost in the Shell opens a week after The Divergent Series: Allegiant Part 2 and the same week as the Untitled The Smurfs reboot.

Sanders will helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler with Avi Arad and Steven Paul producing with the backing of Steven Spielberg.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghost in the Shell
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:56 am 
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Ghost in the Shell Movie Lands Straight Outta Compton Scribe

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Oct 23, 2015

There’s some movement today in New Port City as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that DreamWorks Pictures has set Jonathan Herman to script the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie. Announced earlier this year, the Ghost in the Shell movie is set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders.

The new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. Ghost in the Shell was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul, the Ghost in the Shell movie also has the backing of Steven Spielberg. The rights to Shirow’s original manga were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the original Ghost in the Shell comics have led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games.

You can watch the trailer for the new OVA, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, which was just released yesterday.

To date, Straight Outta Compton is Jonathan Herman’s sole big screen credit. He has been working on a number of major upcoming films, however, including a new take on Scarface and a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic ornithophobic nightmare, The Birds. He’ll take over a Ghost in the Shell movie script previously drafted by Jamie Moss and William Wheeler.

Look for the Ghost in the Shell movie to hit the big screen March 31, 2017.


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Sam Riley to Play the Ghost in the Shell Villain

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Nov 19, 2015

Deadline reports that Sam Riley of Maleficent and the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in early talks to join Scarlett Johansson in the live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell. Riley will reportedly play the Ghost in the Shell villain opposite Johansson and Pilou Asbæk (“The Borgias”).

Announced earlier this year, the Ghost in the Shell movie is set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders from a screenplay adapted by Straight Outta Compton‘s Jonathan Herman, who took over from previous writers Jamie Moss and William Wheeler.


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Ghost in the Shell Loses Its Release Date

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Jan 25, 2016

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DreamWorks Pictures’ Ghost in the Shell has, today, been removed from the Walt Disney Pictures release schedule. Planned for a March 31, 2017 release, the film is now expected to find distribution through Universal Pictures and that studio’s new output deal with DreamWorks. As to how that affects when fans will be able to catch the live action Ghost in the Shell on the big screen remains to be seen, but check back for updates as they become available.

Set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Rupert Sanders, the new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. Ghost in the Shell was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.

Scarlett Johansson is attached to lead Ghost in the Shell with both Pilou Asbæk and Sam Riley also part of the cast.

Also removed from the Disney schedule today is DreamWorks’ The Girl on the Train. From The Help director Tate Taylor, The Girl on the Train adapts Paula Hawkins’ runaway best-selling thriller with a cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Lisa Kudrow and Luke Evans. It was planned for an October 7, 2016 release.


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 Post subject: Re: Ghost in the Shell
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UPDATE: It looks like both films will be keeping their original release dates as Variety reports that a deal has already been worked out to distribute both Ghost in the Shell and The Girl on the Train through Paramount Pictures instead.


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Michael Pitt Boards Ghost in the Shell

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Feb 04, 2016

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Michael Pitt (Hannibal, Boardwalk Empire) has, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, joined the cast of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie opposite Scarlett Johansson. According to the trade, Michael Pitt will play the hacker villain known as The Laughing Man.

The Laughing Man, who made his debut on the series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, is an expert hacker famous for using his expert skills to remove his face from all digital images, including peoples’ cybernetic eyes. Instead, he replaces his visage with his animated logo (pictured above) and circling text that reads, “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes,” quoting J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Last fall, it was reported that Sam Riley was in talks for a villain role in the film. It is currently unclear whether or not Riley was up for Laughing Man role or if the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star is still connected to the upcoming live action film.

Look for the Ghost in the Shell movie to hit the big screen March 31, 2017 through Paramount Pictures.


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Ghost in the Shell Cast Adds Beat Takeshi as Section 9 Chief

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Mar 03, 2016

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According to Cinema Today (via Anime News Network), Japanese comedian and actor Beat Takeshi (Hana-bi, Battle Royale) has joined the Ghost in the Shell cast and will play Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki. He will star opposite Scarlett Johansson (Lucy), Pilou Asbæk (“The Borgias”), Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Sam Riley (Maleficent). Takeshi, also a respected director and TV host, had previously appeared in another American cyberpunk film, 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic.

Look for the Ghost in the Shell movie to hit the big screen March 31, 2017 through Paramount Pictures.


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Ghost in the Shell Photo Released as Production Begins

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Apr 14, 2016

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Lucy) and directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman). The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand. Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017 and has released the first Ghost in the Shell photo, which you can view below.

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.”

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have entered into a marketing agreement with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) which recognizes the significant economic, cultural and industry development benefits the production will bring to New Zealand. The collaboration will further promote New Zealand’s growing screen industry, develop local talent and showcase New Zealand to the rest of the world.

“The production will broaden the perceptions of the diversity of New Zealand’s locations by showcasing a science fiction urban setting in New Zealand,” says Dave Gibson NZFC Chief Executive.

Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said: “Tourism New Zealand is thrilled to be working with Paramount Pictures for the first time on ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL.’ Film tourism is an important element in Tourism New Zealand’s work to inspire people to visit New Zealand and we look forward to this new opportunity to showcase New Zealand to the rest of the world.”

The cast of Ghost in the Shell includes Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Kaori Momoi. The members of Section 9 are played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo.

The film’s crew includes Cinematographer Jess Hall, Editor Neil Smith, Production Designer Jan Roelfs, and Costume Designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:07 am 
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From Newsarama:

Report: GHOST IN THE SHELL Casts Japanese Actress as SCARLETT JOHANSSON's Mother

by George Marston, Newsarama Contributor

Date: 08 July 2016 Time: 11:11 AM ET

Japanese actress Kaori Momoi has been cast in Ghost in the Shell as the mother of Scarlett Johansson's character, According to the Associated Press.

In the original Ghost in the Shell manga and subsequent anime films and series, Johansson's character's mother doesn't appear, though reference is made to an accident in her childhood that led to her consciousness being implanted in an artificial body. If the report is accurate, it's unclear in what context Momoi's character would appear.

Momoi did address the allegations of white-washing in the film - casting a white actor as a character originally portrayed as non-white - saying "I felt blessed to have worked with [Scarlett Johansson]...And so what's fantastic is fantastic. What fails just fails."

Meanwhile, several members of Production I.G., the company that produced the anime Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, visited the set of the film, tweeting their thanks to the cast and crew.

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Ghost in the Shell is currently filming for a March 31, 2017 release.


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