After last week’s mixed reaction to the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would feature in the live-action adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’, the film’s release date has since been revealed.
Set for cinema release on 14 April, 2017, the classic anime adaptation will be produced by DreamWorks, but distributed by Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures, and has done so since 2009.
Rupert Sanders (‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) is penned to direct the ambitious live-action movie, with William Wheeler on script writing duties.
This 2017 date is likely for its US release or possibly a simultaneous worldwide one, with no specific dates listed for the UK or any other countries, including its place of origin, Japan.
The decision to cast Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi caused an online outcry last week, prompting many to voice their disapproval at Hollywood’s attempt to ‘whitewash’, whereby the Japan-based, Asian character would be played by a white, American actress.
The film, reported to be a 3D spectacle, has now been pushed into an unoccupied release slot, with the rest of the cast and details of the screenplay still to be announced.
The anticipation, and indeed controversy, surrounding a live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is certainly growing, so expect to hear a lot more about this one during 2015.