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.
Back in April we got our first look at Scarlett Johansson as the Major in director Rupert Sanders' live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation, but we haven't seen much else since. That changed this week thanks to some street snaps taken on location in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, showing some at least partially-costumed shots of Johansson, as well as Pilou Asbæk as Batou. More after the jump.