In an announcement from Paramount today (shown in a tweet below), Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks released the first look at Scarlett Johansson in the role of Major Kusanagi in the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie. The first still can be seen below:
I want to start off by saying I’m not even going to touch on the whole “white-washing” issue. For now, I want to try to remain positive about the upcoming film. Ghost in the Shell is a fantastic series and I want it to be good. Either the film will be really good, it will suck, or it won’t hold true to the source material which could lead to an array of reactions. One thing is certain though; someone, somewhere will inevitably be offended, no matter the outcome. So all we can do for now is speculate.
If the new live-action Attack on Titan movie is any indication of how live-action adaptations to anime series are coming out, things won’t go well. For now at least, we at the very least can collectively geek out about how cool this looks at a glance and be stoked that Ghost in the Shell is getting some serious recognition.
The other important aspect of the announcement is that production has begun in New Zealand. A curious place to film as a Neo-Tokyo substitute. But I suppose if it could contain the entire world of The Lord of the Rings, it could work out. Stay tuned as more and more information is released about the latest Ghost in the Shell adaptation.
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) April 14, 2016