‘Ghost In The Shell’ Live Action To Begin Production In 2016; Disney Announces March 31, 2017 Release Date


'Ghost In The Shell' Live Action To Begin Production In 2016; Disney Announces March 31
'Ghost In The Shell' Live Action To Begin Production In 2016; Disney Announces March 31

Walt Disney has moved the release of Dreamwork’s live-action adapation of Japanese manga comic “Ghost In The Shell.” According to Deadline , the film’s previously announced Easter Weekend release on Apr.

14, 2017 has been changed to an earlier Mar.

31, 2017 date.

It will now open against Sony’s animated “The Smurfs” reboot.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” actress Scarlett Johansson, who is playing lead in the upcoming film, shared that the live-action film is scheduled to begin production in early 2016.

“It’s happening,” Johansson revealed in an interview with Collider .

“It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it’s me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that’s all I know.” The “Lucy” star was cast in the film after she was reportedly offered $10 million by Dreamworks.

Before the role was given to her, “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Focus” actress Margot Robbie was the studio’s top choice to play the main character.

Negotiations with Robbie fell out as the actress opted to star in DC’s “Suicide Squad” instead.

Created by Masamune Shirow, “Ghost In The Shell” was first published in 1989 in the pages of Young Magazine.

The story was picked up Mamoru Oshii, who turned it into a feature film in 1995.

The franchise spawed a TV series called “Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex” and aired on Animax in 2002.

It ran for a second season bearing the subtitle “Second Gig.” In 2004, Dreamworks released the series’ second film “Ghost In The Shell: Innocence.” The film ranked 28th at the U.S.

box office garnering $317,000 on its opening weekend in September that year.

The usual plot follows the main protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi, a member of Japan National Public Safety Commission and her unit of covert operatives that specializes in preventing cybercrime.

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