A first look at Scarlett Johansson as our favourite cyborg Major was presented by Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures today. The two studios confirmed that principal photography for Ghost in the Shell is ongoing in Wellington, New Zealand having begun in January, with plans still in place for an American release on March 31st, 2017. It was also mentioned that the New Zealand-based Weta Workshop, who handled The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy’s special effects, is working on the film along with Richard Taylor, who co-founded the company with director Peter Jackson.
The studios’ new story synopsis for the Hollywood adaptation, co-starring Lucy‘s Pilou Asbæk as Batou, was presented as follows:
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost in the Shell 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 Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders, the US Naruto movie’s producer Avi Arad is working beside Steven Paul, and Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are executive producing.