The Hollywood Reporter claimed that “Straight Outta Compton” scribe Jonathan Herman has been tasked to rewrite the script for the “Ghost In The Shell” live action movie.
Aside from penning the script draft for this summer’s massive hit biopic, he’s also shaping the script for the upcoming “Scarface” remake under Universal Pictures.
Production for “Ghost In The Shell” live action is marching forward as they open their doors to movie extras.
Forbes reports that the producers are looking for extras of all ethnicities who are 18 and over, as well as being able to film around Wellington, New Zealand.
The “Ghost In The Shell” live action movie commences principal photography at Wellington’s Stone Street Studios in January next year, eyeing a March 31, 2017 release date.
The project will be helmed by “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders from a screenplay by William Wheeler.
Johansson’s casting saw a fair amount of controversy, with critics blaming Hollywood for “white washing” a Japanese franchise. The actress was hesistant to participate in the film, but was reportedly offered a hefty sum of $10 million to play the part.
Meanwhile, Jewish Business News stated that fans are against the Johanssons involvement, saying that it misses the whole point of the original film.
“The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. One recent survey found that in 2013, Asian characters made up only 4.4% of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films.”
Created by Masamune Shirow, “Ghost In The Shell” was originally published as a manga comic in the pages of Japan’s Young Magazine in 1989 before director Mamoru Oshii released it as an animated feature in 1995.
The series has since expanded into a television series, video games and several animated films. The latest installment to the franchise is an animated feature titled, “Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie.”