The Ghost in the Shell movie has been fighting an uphill public relations battle from the moment they cast Scarlett Johansson in a role many felt was whitewashing. The casting aside there has been little evidence presented, thus far, that this won’t be a shot for shot re-make of the legendary manga of the same name. There doesn’t appear to be anything visually different from the source material in the posters, trailers, and TV spots that have aired. Much like any real life adaptation coming to the screen we must ask the question; what are you bringing to the table that is different from the original?
Ghost in the Shell opens March 31, 2017.
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.