8 New Motion Posters Released For Ghost In The Shell

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Paramount has released 8 new motion posters today for the hotly anticipated live action version of Ghost In The ShellThe anime adaptation, due for release March 31st, has been gradually gaining buzz following its impressive Super Bowl teaser trailer and with just over a month to go until it debuts, excitement is, understandably, quite high.

The new motion posters feature Scarlett Johansson’s Major Motoko Kusanagi, the first “full body prosthesis” cybernetic human, and the seven members of her elite Section 9 special ops team, played by Takeshi Kitano, Danusia Samal, Pilou Asbaek, Yutaka Izumihara, Lasarus Ratuere, Tawanda Manyimo and Chin Han.

The film, which appears to closely hew to the 1995 anime original, follows Major and Section 9 has they hunt for an enigmatic hacker known as the Puppet Master. A cut above most anime, Ghost In The Shell takes an imaginative and intelligent look at identity in an increasingly technologically advanced society. Its exploration of the malleability of humanity has been compared to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, all mixed in with a dollop of Cronenbergian body horror. Sounds good to us.

It remains to be seen whether Rupert Sander’s live action version maintains the original’s cerebral bent, but at the very least, the trailers promise a precise, stylish and exhilarating action film set in an eye-catching future metropolis. Rumors are that if Ghost in the Shell does good business it’ll mean studios giving the green light to other anime adaptations. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see Akira or Neon Genesis Evangelion finally emerge from development hell. One can only hope, right?

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