Scarlett Johansson to Star in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell!

06 Jan

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and today we have quite an interesting story for you in the form of a big development for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The following information comes from superherohype:


Back in October, it was revealed that Scarlett Johansson had been offered the lead role in DreamWorks’ live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell and now Variety brings word that the actress has accepted the role! Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders will helm the feature from a script by William Wheeler, based on the series by Masamune Shirow.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow’s original 1989 complex futuristic thriller, about the members of a covert ops unit that takes on technology-related crime, were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it. In Japan, the huge success of the comics led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games with DreamWorks releasing the second anime film in North America.

Johansson’s involvement in the film does raise questions about her place in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow. Though she is set to appear in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, could production on Ghost in the Shell prevent her involvement in Captain America: Civil War? It’s unclear at this point, though production on “Civil War” is set to begin this spring in Atlanta, Georgia, targeting a May 2016 release.

So, seems like this film is definitely going ahead then. I’ve never been completely keen on this project since the outset because I don’t think certain anime properties don’t need to adapted and westernized because the spirit and beauty of the original material normally gets lost and butchered. However, since GITS is not a property I’m not too attached to personally, I am a little more open to the idea of there being an adaptation if the right people were part of the project.

Now I’m going to talk about the three aspects surrounding this film.

1. Scarlett Johansson

So now we have Scarlett Johansson cast as the lead (after being first attached to the film a few months ago) and to be honest I’m down with it. Johansson is a great actress, she’s also proven in recent years that she’s a capable woman of action with her role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and more recently with Lucy. And while I think there could have been other actresses in the role, I think Johansson is needed for a film like this to raise interest beyond the existing fanbase.

2. Rupert Sanders is directing

The another big aspect is the fact that Rupert Sanders is directing this film. Obviously he wast he man behind Snow White and the Huntsman, it was decent film however there was nothing significant or memorable about it, so I have my reservations about bringing him onto a project like this. He’s not had that many films under his belt and the one that he did wasn’t that great. Plus add on top of that, he likes to seduce his actresses. Sure, what happens in his personal life should not be related to his work as a director. However, when he decided to have relations with Kirsten Stewart, the star of the film he was directing, it makes me question his priorities a little bit. Hopefully this man can keep his head in the game and help craft a good film.

3. Avi Arad is a Producer

Now, I looked at the news story and saw that Johansson is attached, okay cool. Then saw Rupert Sanders was attached, not so keen, but heck I’ll bite. But then I saw the name Avi Arad named as one of the producers and my interest turned to concern. If you’re a fan of the Sony Spider-Man films or at least know of the people behind them, then you know who Avi Arad is. He is one of the most opinionated producers behind the Spider-Man films who in my opinion used to be a smart and innovated man, but these days he’s corrupt, out of touch and has no idea how what he’s going on about. He’s been looked as one of the main people responsible for ruining Spider-Man 3 and more recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And to have him attached to this film does make me wonder if he has any ideas and may use them to corrupt the production of this film. That being said, I don’t know how much creative control he’ll have and whether the input he’ll have will be positive or negative, I just hope if there are any problems with this film that it doesn’t come back to him.

In conclusion I’m curious to see how this film will shape up over the course of 2015, Ido wonder how this will affect Scarlett Johansson’s commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I guess only time will tell. So what do you think of this news and the points that I’ve brought up? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya later! 😀


Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Films, Media


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3 responses to “Scarlett Johansson to Star in Live-Action Ghost in the Shell!

  1. Tim The Film Guy

    January 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t see her in the role. Just doesn’t match. But i’ll wait for a trailer to really judge 😀

  2. Cosmoflips

    January 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    This is a rumour that’s been floating around for a while; surprised they’re finally going ahead. However, while I like Scarlett, she’s just not Motoko to me and I can’t imagine her capturing the essence of the character at all. The role should go to Rinko Kikuchi.

    • Hypersonic55

      January 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      I hoped it would just go away forever, but it seems like Ghost in the Shell is going ahead, but again since I’m not overly attached to the property I’m not that fussed. I think Scarlett will do fine, however I can’t imagine them using Motoko, I can see them changing the character for Hollywood purposes, probably just a name change or a full character alteration. Rinko would have been an good choice, if the film was all Japanese and not westernized as I don’t think Rinko’s accent would fare well with English audiences as there were complaints about it Pacific Rim.


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