‘Ghost in the Shell’ Moves to Paramount From Disney

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DreamWorks’ “Ghost in the Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson, has shifted from Disney to Paramount, keeping its March 31, 2017, wide release date.

Paramount is also co-financing the film. Disney had previously announced the March 31 release date.

Pilou Asbæk stars in the adaptation of the popular Japanese franchise along with Johansson. Johansson will play a member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit attempting to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” helmer Rupert Sanders will direct the movie. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing, while Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are exec producing.

“Ghost in the Shell” was previously adapted as an animated feature in 1995, but this will mark its first live-action portrayal. The success of the manga series has also led to a TV series and a series of video games.

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  1. legerprime says:

    You’d think Universal would handle domestic distribution instead.

    • maazkalim says:

      Exactly. 😊

      But better that they passed-on the opportunity of releasing yet-another silly l adult-rated Sci-fi flick. 😑

  2. Hasdi Bravo says:

    It makes sense for Disney to opt-out in midst of #OscarSoWhite. What’s interesting is that Paramount is taking on GHOST IN THE SHELL after being blasted for whitewashing THE LAST AIRBENDER. Racebending has come full circle.

  3. cj m says:

    How about we just stop trying to make western live-action adaptations of Japanese films, anime and games? It’s NEVER been done right.

    • Jayden Leonard says:

      You know Edge Of Tomorrow was based from a Japanese manga, right?

      • Jay says:

        Yes Edge Of Tomorrow was based off of a Manga called All You Need Is Kill and as you can see its a entirely different name so its not the same as taking a Japanese manga/anime and using the same name then having a white woman play the main char role which was draw and portrayed as a Asian woman. Leave it to the U.S. movie makers to take a great thing and ruin it.

    • But didn’t Hollywood’s whitewashing of BATTLE ROYALE 2 (fully uncredited) turn out to be the #1 top domestic grossing product of 2014 1nd 2016?

  4. John Samuel says:

    “First live-action portrayal”

    Well, apart from that stage play last year.

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