Last March, Warner Bros made a daring decision to release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the often overlooked month of March. The superhero event film seemed to scream a summertime release, however after a $166 million dollar opening, it was clear that it’s an untapped and fertile month. This year other studios are following suit and suddenly March is overcrowded with blockbuster potential, with releases ranging from Power Rangers to Beauty and the Beast.
Paramount Pictures is hoping that they are saving the best for last, as on March 31st they will release their adaptation of the widely popular and influential anime and manga, Ghost in the Shell. The anime that the upcoming film is based on, is steeped in techno-futuristic visuals and dystopian themes. The original served as both a warning of the future, while being balanced with pure unadultered action mayhem.
The feature film adaptation is produced by Dreamworks with Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War) in the lead role as the cyborg known as the Major. The new trailer gives audiences the best look at the film’s plot and the main characters. Previous trailers and TV spots have focused on the movie’s kinetic and thrilling visual effects, as well as the exotic locale.
Fans of the source material should appreciate how closely the movie, directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), seems to resemble the anime. Ghost in the Shell has the opportunity to usher in the next big sub-genre of anime adaptations, while being a trendsetter. See you at the theaters next month.
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 Robotic¹s advancements in cyber technology.
Ghost in the Shell opens on March 31st, 2017.