Ghost in the Shell cast adds Beat Takeshi as Section 9 chief

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Japanese comedian and actor Beat Takeshi (Hana-bi, Battle Royale) has joined the Ghost in the Shell cast and will play Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki. He will star opposite Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt and Sam Riley. Takeshi, also a respected director and TV host, had previously appeared in another American cyberpunk film, 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic.

Announced last year, the Ghost in the Shell movie is set to be directed by Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders from a screenplay adapted by Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman, who took over from previous writers Jamie Moss and William Wheeler.

The new Ghost in the Shell movie will offer a live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic cyberpunk manga series about the members of a covert ops unit that take on technology-related crime. “Ghost in the Shell” was famously adapted into an animated feature in 1995.

Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul, the Ghost in the Shell movie also has the backing of Steven Spielberg. The rights to Shirow’s original manga were picked up several years ago with plans to use the latest 3D technology to film it.

In Japan, the huge success of the original “Ghost in the Shellcomics have led to a number of anime film adaptations, a TV series and a series of video games.

Ghost in the Shell Cast Adds Beat Takeshi as Section 9 Chief

 

“Ghost in the Shell” to hit the stage with a Tokyo theatre adaptation

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Similar to how some of Ghost in the Shell’s characters can slip their consciousness into new bodies, the enduring science fiction franchise has gone through many incarnations. Starting with the manga by creator Masamune Shirow, the enduring science fiction hit has been an animated theatrical feature, TV anime, and series of direct-to-video anime shorts, plus has served the basis for a handful of video games.

The franchise might even end up with a Hollywood live-action version with Scarlett Johansson playing the lead role. Before that, though, Ghost in the Shell is getting a stage adaptation scheduled to be performed in Tokyo.

Each format of Ghost in the Shell has its own tone and series of events, and the stage version will be taking its cues from Ghost in the Shell: Arise–Alternate Architecture, the updated TV broadcast version of the original video animation Ghost in the Shell: Arise,  with its focus on the circumstances leading up to the formation of Public Security Section 9, the department the series’ principal characters are eventually attached to.

Directing the stage version will be film director Shutaro Oku, who also directed plays based on the Persona 3 and 4 video games and is set to direct the stage adaptation of the Blood-C anime this summer.

Handling the script will be Junichi Fujisaku, well-versed in the world of Ghost in the Shell by virtue of serving as supervisor for Ghost in the Shell: Arise and screenwriter for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

The Ghost in the Shell stage show will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater (Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo in Japanese), located in the capital’s Ikebukuro neighborhood, on November 5, and is scheduled to run until November 15. Exact times and ticket prices have yet to be announced, but organizers have put out a statement that no live stream or DVD of the performance will be available, so if you’re interested in seeing the world of Ghost in the Shell come to life, clear out your calendar and head to Tokyo this fall.

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“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. 

 Rupert Sanders Announced as Ghost in the Shell Director

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.

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