Fans petition for Scarlett Johansson to be replaced in “Ghost In The Shell” live-action movie


Though it took longer than you might have expected, fans have finally gotten around to petitioning DreamWorks Studios‘ decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as the lead in their live action adaptation of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell.

The lead character in the original Ghost in the Shell is Motoko Kusanagi, and Asian woman. The petitioners feel that casting Johansson is whitewashing an Asian character.

Here’s the petition’s overview, from Care2Petitions (via ANN):

Fans of the iconic 1995 animated Japanese sci-fi film Ghost in the Shell have been anticipating a live-action remake for years – but now, instead of casting an Asian actress, Dreamworks has selected Scarlett Johansson for the lead role! The film revolves around Major Motoko Kusanagi, a member of a futuristic security force tasked with tracking a mysterious hacker.

The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese. So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. One recent survey found that in 2013, Asian characters made up only 4.4% of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films.

Dreamworks could be using this film to help provide opportunities for Asian-American actors in a market with few opportunities for them to shine – please sign the petition asking them to reconsider casting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and select actors who are truer to the cast of the original film!

You can go to the website and sign the petition. If comic book movies have taught us anything, though, its that fans of the original source material are only a small fraction of a big budget, live action film’s target audience.

Ghost in the Shell is scheduled for release on April 14, 2017.


Live-action Attack on Titan film casts lead role, sets filming location and start date


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Despite being filled with man-eating giants and heartless bureaucrats, people around the world can’t get enough of smash hit anime and manga Attack on Titan. But while fans wait patiently for the rumored continuation of the animated TV series, production is moving ahead on the franchise’s live-action theatrical feature, which now has a filming location and an actor chosen to play Titan-hating protagonist Eren Yeager.


Tapped to play the leading role is singer-turned-actor Haruma Miura. Although the 23-year-old Miura is several years older than the teenaged Eren, the actor does have aproven track record in live-action versions of anime and manga, having previously appeared in adaptations such as high school gang story Crows Zero II, high school yakuza story Gokusen, high school romance Kimi ni Todoke, high school hacker thriller Bloody Monday.

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Thankfully, Attack on Titan fans probably don’t need to worry about Miura’s list of previous roles convincing producers to move the upcoming film’s setting from a walled city in a fantasy world to a posh boarding school in suburban Tokyo. The film lists Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan and the author of its original manga, as a supervisor for the project.


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Producers have also decided on a filming location, with the crew headed to Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture.


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More commonly known as Gunkanjima, the island was originally the site of a coal mine and company town. When the mine was suddenly closed in the 1970s, families relocated to mainland Japan with such haste that the island’s dwellings became a ghost town almost instantaneously.


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Gunkanjima has even been getting international attention these days. Aside from being used as the lair of the villain in the James Bond film Skyfall, Gunkanjima has been at the top of was opened to the public in 2009, shooting to the top of desired destinations for many adventurers and urban ruin explorers (although if your schedule precludes taking a plane to Japan and a boat to the island, you can also tour it by Google Street View).


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Producers say the live-action Attack on Titan is on track for a 2015 release, consistent with comments made when director Shinji Higuchi’s involvement was announced. Shooting is scheduled to start on Gunkanjima early this summer, and while we know it’s just a movie, we’ll still sleep better knowing there’s an ocean between us and the Titans.


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Live-action Attack on Titan film casts lead role, sets filming location and start date


Hit anime Lupin III springs into action in trailer for live-action movie

Earlier this month, producers shared the first photos of the cast of the upcoming live-action Lupin III film. Fans were excited to see the band of rouges from the hit anime and manga in the flesh, and now they can see them in motion thanks to the release of the movie’s trailer.

Protagonist Lupin is a thief by trade, and we assume the theatrical feature will have plenty of stealthy scenes of him and his crew sneaking around the scene of their crimes. The preview, though, is packed with clips from action sequences for the story of who it calls “the bold, invincible, and world’s most famous master thief.


“Ghost in the Shell” to be adapted into a live-action American movie, with Rupert Sanders at helm


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Well, it’s official – Ghost in the Shell is going to be adapted into a live-action American movie.

You can probably already hear the screams of die-hard fans pleading with Dreamworks to not ruin the legendary cyberpunk manga and anime franchise. Indeed, there are some things to worry about, such as who is actually going to play the title character, Major Makoto Kusanagi, and if the film won’t be treated like a Matrix knockoff, or worse, Ultraviolet. Who knows if any of those worries are being assuaged by the announcement of Rupert Sanders directing the film.

Currently, Sanders is known less for his directing – his latest film being Snow White and the Huntsman – and more for his now-infamous affair with the star of Huntsman, Kristen Stewart. To top it all off, the film itself has gotten intensely mixed reviews, averaging out mostly to a B letter grade. Huntsman is Sanders’ most widely known film in his small resume, which includes another film,The Juliet, a sci-fi/drama project set to be released sometime in 2015. 

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If there’s any silver lining, it’s that we won’t see Ghost in the Shell in theaters for a while. This adaptation of the manga classic will be in development hell indefinitely because, as Deadline states, Sanders is attached to other projects, such as The Juliet, a possible Huntsman sequel, an epic detailing the battles of Napoleon Bonaparte, police-mafia cat-and-mouse film 90 Church and an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth thriller The Kill List. 

For those not in the know, Ghost in the Shell was created by Masamune Shirow, with its first manga issue released in 1989. The story is set around the characters of Public Security Section 9, a special-ops team living in the fictional futuristic city of Niihama, Niihama Prefecture. The leader of the group is the aformentioned Kusanagi, who, as a small child, suffered a traumatic injury which led to her cyberbrain being transplanted into a full body prosthesis, turning her into a cyborg.

Do you think Sanders will do right by Kusanagi?

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“Ghost in the Shell” to be adapted into a live-action American movie, with Rupert Sanders at helm