Well Crap!

So they’re going to make Ghost in the Shell into a live-action film.

I’m a HUGE Masamune Shirow fan, and of course I’ve already had my quality film adaptations. The 2004 Appleseed Film was AMAZING! And I really enjoyed the first Season of Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex.

Still the idea of it being live action is interesting…then I saw the trailer.

So disappointing, as much of the trailer appears to be of shot-to-shot remakes of scenes from the 1995 film which took great liberties of the source materiel to great determine in my opinion.

Also given the idea that this is a copy of an adaptation, rather than a fresh adaption, it likely means this will be a tired plot-line with a HUGE special effects budget.

Allegedly they are trying to do a live-action AKIRA film, I can only imagine that Opus being even harder to translate to live-action, especially a Hollywood remake…

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8 Responses to Well Crap!

  1. Artie says:

    And why the fuck is Scarlett Johansson starring????

    • Weerd Beard says:

      To be fair, while somebody with the name “Motoko Kusanagi” (tho Shirow always mentions that that name very well may be an alias, as well as her title of “Major”) is likely Japanese, nothing you see of her in the entirety of the series is a human being.

      There is a nice line in the origonal Manga where they mention that the Majors’s perfect physique is damn near ubiquitous now, as women and men can choose whatever body they want, so why not a really hot one….why not a white movie star one?

      It’s hard to argue “White washing” or miscasting when cyborg bodies don’t have a race.

  2. McThag says:

    I am cautiously optimistic.

    It doesn’t seem to be the Puppetmaster plot from the original adaptation, even if they copied the pool scene.

    It also doesn’t seem to be the Laughing Man plot from Stand Alone Complex, even if they copied the geisha scene from Stand Alone Complex. The character at the end of the trailer reminds me of one from the Second Gig like a combination of Kuze and Goda.

    I don’t know if they’re copying from the later Arise plot, I didn’t care for the animation and character design in that one so I didn’t watch much.

  3. Magus Zeal says:

    They did the cybernetic eyes very weirdly. Batou looked normal in the anime, but this looks odd, and off.

    Just from hearing the music in the trailer I’m not sure I’ll like it. Part of what made the series good was Yoko Kanno’s work and amazing music.

    They probably also used ScarJo because she has a physique the most like Motoko’s and can pull off some of the acrobatics required. She also can change her accent fairly decently, unlike some other potential actresses.

    • Weerd Beard says:

      Yeah the Batou’s eyes look horrible.

      Also both the trailer and the IMDB page make no reference to Boma, and the original 1995 Anime, they foolishly fused Batou (the tough jokester tactician) with Boma who was an standard “Strong Silent” type….making Batou more brutish and cold than his appearances in the Manga and the TV series, but much more talkative than Boma.

      • Magus Zeal says:

        Borma had the least amount of lines of any character I think. Paz was next. He was the least known character, too. Even during SAC and 2nd GiG.

        Oh, and they’re also making a live-action Full Metal Alchemist movie. Seems like the year for anime to get real-life adaptations.

  4. Jake says:

    Togusa better be rocking a Mateba, that’s all I’ve got to say. 🙂

    • Weerd Beard says:

      Well except in the original Manga he carries the standard issue Seburo 6mm semi-auto….

      The Mateba Unica was introduced for the 1994 Anime, as well as all the other real-world, or similar guns.

      Shirow overall is a big fan of inventing his own guns, like the Seburo GONG semi-auto short-barreled shotgun from appleseed, and all sorts of bullpup insanity.

      Really the only REAL firearm that comes to mind is the M1911 that Dunan inherited from her Dad in Appleseed.

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