Although set to be released at the end of March next year, upcoming flick Ghost In The Shell is already hot in the news- but not for good reasons. Based on a Japanese manga, the lead character is set to be played by Scarlett Johansson, a move derided as whitewashing by western fans of the series (although Japanese fans had apparently expected a Hollywood studio to cast a white lead). In addition, allegations emerged that footage of Johansson was being digitally altered to make her appear more Asian; all in all, not a good omen for the film's potential quality or popularity.
Now the first teaser snippets of Rupert Saunders' remake have made their way online. With Johansson heading the cast, many dedicated fans of the original manga were sure that it'd be another Aeon Flux-level disaster. However, the teasers surprisingly have us curious that Saunders might bring a unique visual flare to the project.
The short clips don't tell us much at this point, however they do convey an ominous atmosphere with the distinctive tone that Saunders is striving for. Think Blade Runner mixed with the source material via Spielberg's AI. Hopefully a full trailer will debut soon so audiences can get a better look at what we're dealing with, but until then what little footage we have seen has us curious. Perhaps Saunders will manage to pull off a blend of western and Japanese influences to the overall satisfaction of viewers, or maybe the spirit of the original will be lost in a tide of Hollywood tropes, but here's a look anyhow:
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