ANIME / MANGE FANS, THIS IS FOR YOU ... One of the best casting news thus far for 2015 must be that of Scarlett Johansson for the lead role in Ghost In The Shell. That's right we're getting a live action version of one of the most critically acclaimed animes of all time!

Now fans need not fret too much as Johansson has proved herself to be quite the ass kicking action star lately with a major role in Marvel's cinematic universe as Black Widow as well as in Luc Besson's Lucy last year, there's no doubt that she definitely has what it takes to be our hero in this one.

The movies is set for a release date of 14 April 2017 and will also be featured in 3D. Ghost in the Shell will be directed by Rupert Sanders.

Ghost in the Shell (GHOST IN THE SHELL/攻殻機動隊 Gōsuto in za sheru / Kōkaku kidōtai?, lit. Ghost in the Shell / Mobile Armored Riot Police) is a 1995 anime science fiction film based on manga of the same title by Masamune Shirow. The film was written by Kazunori Itō, directed by Mamoru Oshii, animated by Production I.G, and starred the voices of Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka and Iemasa Kayumi.

Ghost in the Shell follows the hunt of the public security agency Section 9 for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. With the assistance of her team, Motoko Kusanagi tracks and finds their suspect, only to be drawn into a complex sequence of political intrigue and a cover-up as to the identity and goals of the Puppet Master.

The overarching philosophical themes of the film include sex/gender identity and self-identity in a technologically advanced world. The music, composed by Kenji Kawai, included an ancient Japanese language in a wedding song that serves as a key piece of music leading up to the climax of the movie. Ghost in the Shell was received positively by critics, who praised its visuals, which at the time were the most effective synthesis of traditional cel animation and CG animation. It has served as inspiration for filmmakers such as The Wachowskis.

In 2004, Oshii directed Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, billed as a separate work and not a true sequel to Ghost in the Shell. In 2008, Oshii released an updated version of the original Ghost in the Shell film, titled Ghost in the Shell 2.0 that featured new audio and updated 3D computer graphics.

The world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. Much of humanity, including the protagonists, has direct access to this network through cybernetic bodies, or "shells", which possess their consciousness and can give them superhuman abilities.
In the year 2029, Major Motoko Kusanagi, an assault team leader for the Public Security Section 9, is assigned to capture an elusive hacker known as the Puppet Master. Her team, Batou and Ishikawa, use triangulation to seek out the Puppet Master. Their suspect is a garbageman who believes he is going through a divorce and thinks he is using a program obtained from a sympathetic man to illegally "ghost-hack" his wife's mind to find his daughter. Kusanagi and her team arrest both the garbageman and the man who gave him the program, but they discover that both men's memories were either erased or implanted, which means they themselves were "ghost-hacked" by the Puppet Master, who remains at large.
Soon after, a facility is hacked and programmed to assemble a female cybernetic body. The body escapes but is hit by a truck; Section 9 investigates and examines the body. The completely robotic body seems to have a human "ghost" inside—perhaps the Puppet Master himself. Officials from rival agency Section 6 visit Section 9 and explain that the body was made to lure the Puppet Master's "ghost" and trap it inside. Kusanagi espies the conversation and decides to "dive in" the body and face the Puppet Master's "ghost". Before she succeeds, the "ghost" activates the body. Section 6 then storms Section 9 and takes the body away.
The information from the body leads Section 9 to uncover the mysterious Project 2501. Section 6 claims the project was created to catch the elusive hacker, but the project was initiated before his appearance. Section 9 speculates that the project itself created the Puppet Master, who then escaped, and Section 6 now wants him back. Daisuke Aramaki, the head of Section 9, suspects that the project and the Puppet Master were tools of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The escape might lead to the revelation of secrets that could embarrass both Section 6 and the Ministry.
The getaway car carrying the Puppet Master meets up with another, and they split off. Batou stops the original car, which turns out to be a decoy. Kusanagi follows the second car to an abandoned building, where she is ambushed by a spider-shaped armored vehicle that was deployed to stop her. Batou arrives in time to save the badly damaged Kusanagi. With Batou on guard, Kusanagi now faces another cybernetic body. The Puppet Master reveals himself and says that, in Project 2501, Section 6 created him to hack "ghosts" illegally for specific individuals and for Section 6's own self-interests. In time, while wandering various networks, The Puppet Master became sentient. After becoming self-aware, he thought about his own mortality, and it troubled him that he would be unable to reproduce or die and become a complete life-form. His curiosity of Kusanagi was piqued due to the variety of networks she accessed. He was forced to obtain a physical body to escape Section 6, due to the fact he could not crack Section 6's attack protection, and thus would be unable to locate Kusanagi in order to merge with her ghost and create a new, more complete being. As a result of the merging, he would be able to experience mortality, and Kusanagi would live on with his "ghost" and the vast information he has obtained. Batou tries to disconnect the dive, but he is subsequently ghost hacked and halted by the Puppet Master.
Helicopters from Section 6 approach the building with orders to destroy everyone inside to cover up Project 2501. The Puppet Master disrupts their targeting systems. When he starts merging with Kusanagi, snipers blow their heads off, along with Batou's arm.
Kusanagi wakes up in a child-sized cyborg body in Batou's safe house. Batou says her original body was destroyed in the fight. He recovered her head intact and attached it to the new body. Police Chief Nakamura is questioned and the Foreign Minister resigns in the aftermath. As she is about to leave, Kusanagi acknowledges she is now neither herself nor the Puppet Master, but a combination of both. Batou says he will always be there for her. She exits the house and gazes out over the city, pondering the possibilities for the future.


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