‘Ghost in the Shell’ Heading for Redemption with New Anime Project

Reviews, and box office numbers, are in for Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, and things aren’t looking too rosy for the live action remake of a classic anime. In fact, in light of the live-action, whitewashed disaster from Paramount, the series is getting a new anime.

Production I.G. announced on Friday that it is working on a new anime project for Ghost in the Shell, to be directed by Kenji Kamiyama of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television series and Shinji Aramaki of Appleseed Alpha.

The original anime feature film, released in 1995, topped the sales charts for video sales, influencing a generation of Hollywood creators. The television series was launched in 2002, and anime film sequels followed in 2004 and 2013, making it a cult favorite with a strong and opinionated fan base.

The live action version, just released and starring Scarlett Johansson, suffered dismally at the box office. Although critics are lauding the visual impact of the movie, Deadline Hollywood reports that it will likely lose $60 million at the box office. Much anticipated and highly controversial because of its casting, the film made less than $19 million during its first weekend at the box office, and cost over $100 million to make.

There are a lot of arguments over why the movie failed to bring in the fans. Some say it was just too obscure, others — specifically Paramount itself — blame the whitewashing controversy that started when Johansson was cast. Perhaps now Paramount, and other studios will get the message and stop casting white actors in roles that have a long, strong history connected to other cultures, particularly stories and characters from Asia.

Maybe it’s just me, but audiences have been complaining for years about miscasting and whitewashing. This is not something fans are willing to overlook just because Johannsson is pretty. Honestly, when a major studio ignores the blockbuster appeal of movies and TV shows that feature a diverse cast that have gained solid and dedicated fandoms (Grey’s Anatomy, Star Trek, Star Wars, the Fast & Furious series, The Matrix Series), they deserve to fail.

Perhaps we can at least thank the live action version for renewing enough interest in the original anime to make a new Ghost in the Shell project possible.

Kamiyama tweeted last year that he would be interested in another season of the televisions show, in response to a fan query. Maybe this is what I.G. has in store.

Meanwhile, check out this very cool side-by-side comparison of the anime movies and the live action version:



Featured image via IMDb


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