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It’s been a long and winding road to get this far, but today it’s been announced that filming has finally begun on Ghost in the Shell, the live-action Hollywood adaptation of the acclaimed manga turned anime movie series. Since 2008, DreamWorks has labored to get their act together on this one, going through a variety of screenwriters and potential stars, but somewhere in Wellington, New Zealand today, the cameras are rolling for director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson despite the near-decade spent in development hell. And to mark the occasion, we get the above picture, which doesn’t reveal much except that quintessential movie scene for any cyborg, the sad reflection.

In a press release released today, we got some further details about the new film, which is being produced by Amazing Spider-Man producer Avi Arad. “We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot ‘Ghost in the Shell,’” said Avi Arad. “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.”

We also got an official plot synopsis for the film:

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.

The film co-stars Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara and Tuwanda Manyimo as other members of Section 9.

Ghost in the Shell will be in theaters everywhere on March 31, 2017.

Source: Coming Soon

Category: Film

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