Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is finally underway on Ghost in the Shell, the long awaited film based on the manga series of the same name. There have already been numerous animated adaptations of this material, with the most recent one being Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, released last year. This is set to be the first live action film featuring these characters/story-line.
The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.
Ghost in the Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), the leader of an elite task force called Public Security Section 9, made up mostly of ex-military and police officers. Their job is to stop the most dangerous criminals and extremists, and now they find themselves faced with an enemy whose only goal is to wipe out all advances in cyber technology. The original story is set in mid 21st century Japan.
The cast, led by Scarlett Johansson, includes Beat Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, and Kaori Momoi. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct.
Ghost in the Shell is due to be released in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.