Paramount has announced that the live-action Ghost in the Shell has begun production, and released the first image of Scarlett Johansson in the movie.
Based on the insanely popular manga and anime, the movie has already faced a ton of controversy over the “white washing” casting of the main character. Here’s how Paramount describes the plot of the live-action adaptation:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, â€œGHOST IN THE SHELLâ€ follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Roboticâ€™s advancements in cyber technology.
Comic fans have a right to be worried as the movie is being produced by infamous Spider-Man producer Avi Arad:
The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (â€œTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2,â€ â€œIRON MANâ€), Ari Arad (â€œGHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCEâ€), and Steven Paul (â€œGHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCEâ€). Michael Costigan (â€œPROMETHEUSâ€), Tetsu Fujimura (â€œTEKKENâ€), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese “GHOST IN THE SHELLâ€ film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (â€œEDGE OF TOMORROW,â€ â€œ300â€) will executive produce.
Ghost in the Shell begins filming today in Wellington, NZ and will release on March 31, 2017.