Ghost in the Shell Trailer Comparison

Last weekend, the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell arrived. Not all fans of the original anime are excited to see how director Rupert Sanders brings the original story to life on the big screen with Scarlett Johansson, but there were also plenty less familiar with the anime who were impressed or at least more curious after seeing the trailer.

Whether you’re familiar with the Ghost in the Shell or not, you might be interested to see how the footage in the live-action trailer compares to the anime, and a new video does just that.

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer - Scarlett Johansson

Longtime fans of the anime Ghost in the Shell have been waiting for years to see how a live-action adaptation would turn out, and now that wait is over.

The first Ghost in the Shell trailer was unveiled overnight after a major release event was held in Toyko, Japan, and now you can see just how badass of a sci-fi movie this looks. This has all the right vibes of Blade Runner, but with some absolutely outstanding action carried out by director Rupert Sanders and star Scarlett Johansson.

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Ghost in the Shell Featurette

If the recent video from the set of Ghost in the Shell featuring one of the numbskulls from Entertainment Tonight asking Scarlett Johansson stupid questions didn’t give you the behind the scenes glimpse of the movie you were hoping for, we have something better today.

A new Ghost in the Shell featurette has been released that features the director of the original anime, Mamoru Oshii, paying a visit to the set in New Zealand. And since this is official publicity material, he obviously has some nice things to say about the movie’s vision for adapting his work.

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Ghost in the Shell Behind the Scenes Video

This weekend, we’ll be getting the first full trailer for Ghost in the Shell, the live-action adaptation of the anime of the same name. There’s a whole big event planned over in Tokyo where the trailer will be unveiled, and who knows what else will be coming from across the world.

While we’re waiting for the trailer to arrive, we’ve got a brief look behind the scenes of the set down in New Zealand, which doubles as the mid-twenty-first century fictional Japanese city of Niihama. If you can handle the overly enthusiastic mannequin of a host from Entertainment Tonight, you can get a glimpse of some of the action on set, as well as a quick chat with star Scarlett Johansson.

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Pokemon and Space Jam in Theaters

Nostalgia for the 1990s is going strong, and it’s about to heat up even more.

It’s been 20 years since the live-action animated hybrid film Space Jam hit theaters, and that makes it prime for a return to theaters next month. In addition, even though it’s not a special anniversary for Pokemon: The First Movie, it’s the 20th anniversary of the original video games that launched the multimedia franchise, and that means it’s time for the animated feature film to head back to theaters as well.

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Computer Animated Akira

Even those who aren’t all that familiar with manga or anime have heard about Akira. Either they’ve seen some of the iconic shots from the movie or they’ve heard about Warner Bros. Pictures trying desperately to turn it into a live-action movie. Now two Akira fans have given the beloved story by Katsuhiro Otomo a computer animated makeover by taking excerpts from the film and recreating them in 3D. The result is a movie that looks like the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, albeit in a much less polished form.

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Unified Pictures, the production company founded by Keith Kjarval that produced Rudderless, Trust Me and A Single Shot among others, is developing an animated Vampire Hunter D TV series. The popular series of Japanese novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi has spawned two movies in 1985 and 2000. We spoke with another Unified founder, Kurt Rauer, and Scott McLean who are overseeing Vampire Hunter D.

They are beginning with a comic book adaptation of the unpublished Kikuchi story Message From Cecile. With 34 published Kikuchi stories, and Kikuchi sill working, Vampire Hunter D is in no danger of running out of material or catching up with the books like Game of Thrones did. The comic book, Message from Mars, is told from the point of view of Cecile, a human colonist on Mars. Unified launched a Kickstarter for the first issue and met their $25,000 goal, so have set an even higher goal to finish the comic book as a prequel to the TV series.

Unified have partnered with other artists to create more collectible material to reintroduce Vampire Hunter D to America including medals, buttons, jewelry and sticker packs. The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game made a character sheet for D and will do so for other characters as they’re introduced in subsequent issues of Message From Mars, ultimately planning a 32-page booklet of augmented rules for Vampire Hunter D games and their own short story. Fans can meet McLean at GenCon in Indianapolis this weekend, and read our interview with Rauer and McLean below.  Read More »

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Hollywood has been getting plenty of flack, and justifiably so, for the whitewashing of roles that should be meant for actors and actresses of different ethnic backgrounds. From Gods of Egypt to most recently Ghost in the Shell, plenty of minorities, especially the actors within these groups, are upset at the lack of diversity in mainstream Hollywood. Therefore, some might not be happy with the proposed concept art for a live-action adaptation of Akira that has been circulating.

Concept artist Ruairi Robinson was once working on one of the many iterations of the gestating live-action adaptation of the classic manga that Hollywood has been trying to get off the ground for years. In a couple pieces that have surfaced online, Captain America franchise star Chris Evans and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt were depicted in the lead roles as Kaneda and Tetsuo respectively.

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Justin Lin directing Akira

For years, Warner Bros. has desperately been trying to figure out how to make a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga Akira. There have been various iterations of the project over the years, but the most recent attempt may finally get some traction.

A report surfaced a year ago this month that Warner Bros. had commissioned a new script from Daredevil second season showrunner Marco J. Ramirez . Later a rumor pegged Christopher Nolan being involved to help plan a possible trilogy. However, if that was the plan, the studio’s approach has changed with Fast and Furious franchise and Star Trek Beyond helmer Justin Lin being sought as the new Akira movie director. Find out more about Justin Lin directing Akira after the jump. Read More »

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Rila Fukushima in Ghost in the Shell

DreamWorks adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell has come under fire for whitewashing by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role as Kusanagi, a cyborg that is a part of an elite cybercrime-fighting task force known as Section 9. However, there will be some Asian talent on board the project in key roles in a poor attempt to heal the wounds left by this increasingly annoying method of casting.

Takeshi Kitano has already been brought in to play Daisuke Aramaki, the chief of Public Security Section 9. Now Japanese actress Rila Fukushima, who had her breakout role as Yukio in The Wolverine back in 2013, has come on board. More below. Read More »