The live action adaptation of the legendary Anime classic Ghost In The Shell, has moved a few steps closer towards its final destination on the big screen. This is in part due to the studio locking down Scarlett Johansson to play the lead role of Major Motoko Kusanagi. However, although the film is moving forward production wise, there is still a long way to go before the big-budget live-action feature Ghost In The Shell makes it to the theaters.
The official release date for Ghost In The Shell has been set for April 14, 2017, which is a weekend that doesn’t offer any competition for the film this far, but it’s still early days yet. Staking claims on release dates for tent-pole productions has become standard studio affair these days, and it is a strategy that is particularly a move that Disney seem to be employing a lot more as of late. For example, the Jon Favreau-helmed live-action adaptation, The Jungle Book, which was originally planned for an October 2015 release (also starring Scarlet Johansson), will now hit cinemas April 15, 2016, after the 3D tale was delayed in order to switch places with the studio’s sea adventure, The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana.
So now we have two Scarlett Johansson films opening at roughly the same time in two consecutive years. Is this merely coincidence? We think not! This is Disney working on a strategy plan to bank on Johansson’s ever growing success, just like last year’s successful run with Captain America: The Winter Soldier; following up with the hugely successful Lucy which managed to take on Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules at the Box Office, making many analysts predictions redundant. Thus, Disney are taking a big gamble on the actresses’ pulling power with Ghost In The Shell, following after The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jungle Book, and also future plans for Black Widow solo ventures. So, it’s safe to say, they are hoping to see big returns on Johansson’s future projects.
It’s strange and kind of cool that Johansson would be seen to have this kind of box office power. We used to live in a world where stars like Will Smith ruled the Fourth of July box office with films like Men In Black and Independence Day, but these days studios have a tendency to bank more on franchises than the people who are starring in them – though the stars are still important to keep the franchises going. That being said, if this pattern keeps up, we could see Scarlett Johansson become a rare star in modern Hollywood.
So, going by logistics, the longer longer they spend on pre-production for Ghost In The Shell, the better the live-action adaptation will turn out? …eh, not quite, but it is wishful thinking. With the built-in hardcore fanbase of the original anime, it’s going to take something magical to please these fans. Here’s hoping that Disney are trying to develop the material in a way as to keep fans of the original relatively pleased. It’s a hard task but it’s certainly possible. As for Scarlett Johansson’s future at Disney, they are certainly putting a lot of faith into her star power, which is not a bad thing at all.
Are you looking forward to the Ghost In The Shell remake? Or do you think it is mission impossible?
You can see Scarlett Johansson next in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron on May 1st.
Via – CinemaBlend