After a great deal of hype and controversy, the Rupert Sanders-directed Ghost in the Shell adaptation has a new trailer. Based on the cyberpunk manga, Mobile Armored Riot Police: Ghost in the Shell—eventually spawning into a sensational anime with the name shortened to the subtitle—the forthcoming Hollywood imagining stars Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg hero.
The Major (Johansson) and her task force go after cyber criminals to reveal a larger enemy focused on sabotaging a major artificial intelligence agency. Along with Johansson are Michael Pitt (Funny Games 2007) as Kuze, Juliette Binoche (Caché) as Dr. Ouelet, Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) as Batou, Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale) as Daisuke Aramaki, and many more.
The effects and visuals seem impressive, and looks like it could use the slow motion to resemble something closer to Dredd (2013) than Total Recall (2012). The substance certainly looks to be there, but let’s hope the voices telling the story do it justice. With screenwriter Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) as a major creative force, it very well seems like it will.
Ghost in the Shell arrives March 31, 2017.