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Rupert Sanders (Snow White And the Huntsman) directs the hotly anticipated anime adaption, Ghost in the Shell, which is shooting in home of the Hobbits, New Zealand.

The first image has appeared courtesy of a Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures press release announcing that production has started on the film.

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2,” “IRON MAN”), Ari Arad (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”), and Steven Paul (“GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE”). Michael Costigan (“PROMETHEUS”), Tetsu Fujimura (“TEKKEN”), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese "GHOST IN THE SHELL” film and television series, and Jeffrey Silver (“EDGE OF TOMORROW,” “300”) will executive produce.

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.

“We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL,’” said producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael Costigan and Jeffrey Silver. “The city boasts state-of-the-art production facilities and a rich urban landscape that make it an ideal setting for a sci-fi action film. The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level. The people of New Zealand have been terrific partners in helping us bring this story and its beloved characters to audiences around the world and we are thankful for their continued hospitality.”

Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.

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unrealreality (6 years ago) Reply

How long before the SJW's start complaining she isn't Japanese?


Genius (6 years ago) Reply

She was never supposed to be Japanese.
All I care about is who is doing the music, who decided on the music direction. AND Why did they choose Scarlett Moron! Honestly there were so many other females they could have chosen. Damn Jew Hollywood!


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Good Morning, Ive always liked the anime series "GHOST IN THE SHELL". So I look forward to seeing the film.


Speedy (6 years ago) Reply

While the Major does not need to be Japanese, I do think that a lot of the story does need to be set in japan, as the tension between the US, the "Enemy"(Russia/China) and the Local cops is a lot of the story.

Also, will SJH be getting naked? will it be PG-13, so none of the violence? Will it be a pale imitation?

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