It's been a long road to the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, or maybe it just seems that way because it's actually coming out and there's been plenty of news about its production. We still have to wait until March 31, 2017 to see how director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) and his crew and cast—which includes Scarlett Johansson in the lead—handle the property, but now we have some more visual evidence. Hit the jump for more.
This spring brought the first official still of Scarlett Johansson as the lead in the Hollywood live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow's influential sci-fi series Ghost in the Shell. That was followed by set photos of Johansson and Pilou Asbæk as her right-hand officer Batou in June. Now, without a clear original, a collection of photos purport to show the duo, along with their other Section 9 cast members similarly in costume. Get a look after the jump.
Style, a Japanese book publisher, is releasing a massive art book in September of 2016 entitled The Art of Tetsuya Nishio: Full Spectrum, which focuses on the work of the influential key animator, character designer, and animation director. Hit the jump to learn more.
Shiraito Brewery Co., Ltd. is teaming up with Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for a limited edition sake based on a silly Japanese pun. Hit the jump to learn more.
At this weekend's San Diego Comic Con, Kodansha Comics announced plans for new releases of a pair of sci-fi classics. Timed for the live-action adaptation, a new, deluxe re-release of Ghost in the Shell, 1, 1.5 and 2 is slated for 2017. A set of the complete Akira is also being prepared for 2017. More after the jump.
Ghost in the Shell: The Movie - Virtual Reality Diver - a virtual reality experience based on the landmark cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow - has arrived at the I.G Store in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
The name of SP International Pictures' Steven Paul recently came up in relationship to their involvement with the remake of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's Lone Wolf and Cub. Paul is also involved with the live-action Ghost in the Shell, and, sensitive to the controversies around casting Scarlett Johanssoy, Paul was clear that LWaC will feature an essentially Japanese cast. Subsequently, Buzz Feed caught up with Paul to discuss GitS.