Next year, a live-action Hollywood Ghost in the Shell movie hits theaters. The moviemakers behind it are very excited, because theyâ€™re bringing the source material to life. Or so they say.
As ANN points out, interviews with cast and crew were recently published on The Nerdist and IGN. Neither interview deals with the elephant in the room, which is how the movie has come under fire for its casting decisions. Which makes certain comments in the interviews really standout. Case in point? When executive producer Michael Costigan told IGN this:
I feel like such a geek making this movie because we are really bringing it to life so faithfully.
Continuing, Costigan said, â€œWe are bringing things we saw in the anime to the fore in live action so Iâ€™m very excited for the fans.â€
â€œHopefully the film feels like the anime,â€ producer Avi Arad added.
The moviemakers are so invested in the live-action movie looking like the anime, at least on the surface, that the movieâ€™s cinematographer Jess Hall lit every set up in the movie with the same 28 colors that appeared in the Ghost in the Shell and Innocence anime films. Intellectually, this is interesting, but why worry so much about the colors in the anime if youâ€™re already taking liberties with the main character?
In the movie, Scarlet Johansson will apparently be referred to as â€œMajorâ€ (ditching the â€œMotoko Kusanagi,â€ I guess) to perhaps skip over the fact that the augmented-cybernetic human is Japanese in the original manga and anime. Though, the characterâ€™s mother will be played by Japanese actress Kaori Momoi in the movie, so yeah.
â€œWeâ€™re utilizing people from all over the world,â€ producer Steven Paul told Buzzfeed earlier this summer. â€œThereâ€™s Japanese in it. Thereâ€™s Chinese in it. Thereâ€™s English in it. Thereâ€™s Americans in it.â€
Previously, Kotaku reported that the mangaâ€™s publisher, however, said it never imagined that a Japanese actress would play the character in the Hollywood version and many Japanese people online didnâ€™t seem too fussed about the entire situation. The filmmakers have hired a whole host of Japanese actors for the film, but in supporting roles.
Itâ€™s a delicate issue, and you wonder if it might have been better to rework the setting from the fictional, futuristic Japan to better handle these casting changes, so fans arenâ€™t left scratching their heads. Who knows, maybe it will all make sense in the movie. Maybe not.
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