Ghost in the Shell is one of the most beloved anime films in history. To call it a “cult classic” would truly do the film a disservice, considering the vast majority of viewers find themselves falling in love with the film, even if they have never enjoyed anime previously. Incredibly led by director Mamoru Oshi, the 1995 film, which was adapted from the manga series of the same name, was a stylish blend political intrigue and philosophical tones, with futuristic technology and amazing music providing the perfect backdrop. When it was first announced that Paramount would be preparing a live action adaptation of the film, the announcement was met with a bit of trepidation, to say the least. When it was announced that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, simply called “The Major” in this incarnation, that trepidation became downright disappointment. Well, Paramount has decided to unleash not one, not two, but FIVE teaser trailers for the new film and…Well…Take a look for yourself.
Paramount unrolled their newest promotions for the new film last night and throughout the combined 50 seconds of footage, there are definitely some scenes that GITS fans will recognize, and that they may even cheer. Take a gander.
At this point, it really is tough to tell whether or not the film will do the original justice and no matter how good the final product stands, there will definitely be those fans of the original that will cry “foul!”. Still, at first glance, the film does have some potential. Then again, so did Speed Racer, and it is tough to forget how that one turned out.
The original film, as well as the manga series, followed Kusanagi (part of Public Security Agency Section 9) as she tracks down The Puppet Master, a hacker of the highest caliber. Of course, as her search continues, she discovers that secrets within her government run deep, and that no one can be trusted. Whether or not the live action film will follow the same path is yet to be seen but based on the teasers, it looks likely, though, considering it is Hollywood, they will likely change that ending.
How do you feel about the teasers? Are you ready for more?