We’ll be perfectly honest: we didn’t think this was happening. We even included it in our list of “probably never gonna happen” anime adaptations. And yet here we are, with
physical digital proof in on our very hands browsers.
The first photo from the long-awaited live-action remake of the cyberpunk classic GHOST IN THE SHELL was released by Dreamworks on Thursday. If you’d like to feast your eyes on this image, just look down ever so slightly!
There’s not much information to extract from the picture released by the production, but it’s still more than fans have gotten since the remake was first rumored to be a thing back in 2008. In that time, directors have changed, actors have signed up, dropped out, and then Takeshi Kitano showed up. As of now, what we know is that SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN director Rupert Sanders will be directing -besides Kitano and Johansson – a cast that’ll feature Michael Pitt as the Laughing Man and Pilou Asbæk as Batou.
What’s troubling is that – despite this new evidence – it doesn’t seem as if any other information has been released. Even the name of Johansson’s character has been reported inconsistently by publications sharing this minor development. AnimeNewsNetwork calls her simple ‘The Major,’ while other sources are still referring to her as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the character’s name in the original anime. Then again, the character is a cyborg, so it’s entirely possible that the Japanese Kusanagi’s consciousness has been placed into the Caucasian Johansson since her spirit is technologically divorced from her body – a ghost in a human shell.
We guess our point is, maybe we can hold on to our cries of whitewashing until there’s more to the remake than a single photo and literally nothing else.