It’s here at last, the first two-minute trailer for the live-action Ghost in the Shell. Leading in with an introduction by our Major, Scarlett Johansson, we can see a few familiar scenes play out in miniature, standing up for those claims that it’s faithful to Mamoru Oshii’s anime movie. But at the same time, we’re faced with more blockbustery action than we might be comfortable with. Have a watch below though, and see what you think.
For now, we’re going to give it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the simplistic sounding plotline and gunfire. It is a Hollywood version of the anime, after all, and they have to pull that wider audience in with something. Come January, maybe, we might have a second trailer that brings in some more introspective elements.
There’s one thing that’s keeping our hopes up. Oshii seems to be quite happy with it, saying Johansson in particular goes “above and beyond” his expectations for her role in Paramount’s recent behind-the-scenes featurette. Such words of praise from the perennial grouch can only be a good sign. We hope.
As a little something extra, check out IGN’s clip of the movie’s opening “shelling sequence”, as filmed at the Ghost in the Shell event that took place in Tokyo on Sunday. The sequence reflects the opening of the anime pretty closely, and was backed up by a live performance by the original movie’s composer Kenji Kawai. As the clip screened, he played a new composition on drums over his music for Motoko’s ‘birth’.
Ghost in the Shell is planned for US release on March 31st, 2017, directed by Rupert Sanders of Snow White and the Huntsman. In spring, Paramount and DreamWorks backed up a still of Johansson in her lead role with a synopsis which referred to her for the first time as “the Major”:
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.