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New Ghost in the Shell anime in the works; New movie set to lose $60 million

04.07.2017

Now that GHOST IN THE SHELL has come out and done less-than-hoped-for business the movie is leaving a pretty bad taste in everyone’s mouth, even to the point where Paramount is already admitting their mistake. Chances are high that fans will forever prefer the anime film, and now news has hit the series will live on in what many consider the proper format.

News is that publisher Kodansha and Japanese animation company Production I.G are working on a new, animated entry in the GHOST IN THE SHELL series. No word yet on if it will be a movie or TV show, but it will be directed Kenji Kamiyama (GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX) and Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED)

This all the news there is on the matter, but it comes after a poor opening weekend for the Scarlett Johansson-led live-action remake, which opened to just $19 million and is expected to lose $60 million off a $250 million budget. The studio came out and stand the “whitewashing” issue was to blame, but mediocre reviews can also be tacked onto the list.

I never saw the anime, so I can’t say I’m excited for any new GHOST IN THE SHELL anime films. This seems like more of an attempt to reclaim the brand and please fans who aren’t digging this new movie more than anything, which from a business sense is fine. Creatively the animated realm seems to fit the story and setting better, so maybe it should stay there.  As for the live-action movie's woes I can’t say I’m surprised. I never thought this movie would be a hit, simply because it didn’t seem accessible enough to the mainstream public, even with Johansson. The “scandal” made matters worse, so it’s better they just get what they can from it and move on. At least she got to wear an invisibility suit.

GHOST IN THE SHELL is in theaters now.

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8:00PM on 04/08/2017

$250M budget ?

Hummm... NO ! The budget for the movie was around $100M/$110M, not $250M ! $250M is about what the movie needed to do in theaters domestically to cover it's budget (not counting it's promo budget).
About the movie itself, everyone can and should have an opinion about it, but based on facts: there is NO whitewashing as The Major's shell was always neutral if not Caucasian, the very creator of the character said ScarLo was the perfect choice. People who never saw nor read GitS should not compare
Hummm... NO ! The budget for the movie was around $100M/$110M, not $250M ! $250M is about what the movie needed to do in theaters domestically to cover it's budget (not counting it's promo budget).
About the movie itself, everyone can and should have an opinion about it, but based on facts: there is NO whitewashing as The Major's shell was always neutral if not Caucasian, the very creator of the character said ScarLo was the perfect choice. People who never saw nor read GitS should not compare the movie to them, based on what other people said.
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10:12PM on 04/07/2017
Eh. They hardly need to 'reclaim the brand' from the new Hollywood adaptation since the anime franchise has been doing really well in Japan anyway.
Eh. They hardly need to 'reclaim the brand' from the new Hollywood adaptation since the anime franchise has been doing really well in Japan anyway.
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3:42PM on 04/07/2017

Fuck this movie

I don't even care about the cast, the movie itself was just bullshit and hand holding like nobody would understand what a "ghost" is or a "shell" was. The cinematography was amazing, but everything else was just dull and boring. I saw this flopping since the first trailer came out. I know The Mummy is gonna be the next big flop of the year.
I don't even care about the cast, the movie itself was just bullshit and hand holding like nobody would understand what a "ghost" is or a "shell" was. The cinematography was amazing, but everything else was just dull and boring. I saw this flopping since the first trailer came out. I know The Mummy is gonna be the next big flop of the year.
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3:33PM on 04/07/2017
I went and saw it on a night out this week, and thought it was great fun. I never watched the anime so I'm sure there's plenty didn't make it into the adaptation, but not knowing anything about that, I had a great time.
I went and saw it on a night out this week, and thought it was great fun. I never watched the anime so I'm sure there's plenty didn't make it into the adaptation, but not knowing anything about that, I had a great time.
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2:34PM on 04/07/2017

Well this isn't hard to believe

between the stupid ass whitewashing crap (which is utter crap scar-jo did a wonderful job) and the very cyberpunk sci-fi is what turned people away. Me on the other hand simply enjoyed every moment of it. been a while since I saw an awesome sci-fi film in theaters. Last one that caught my eye was Jupiter ascending. Also I am a fan of the Anime as well too. Change is good, and this was a good change for me.
between the stupid ass whitewashing crap (which is utter crap scar-jo did a wonderful job) and the very cyberpunk sci-fi is what turned people away. Me on the other hand simply enjoyed every moment of it. been a while since I saw an awesome sci-fi film in theaters. Last one that caught my eye was Jupiter ascending. Also I am a fan of the Anime as well too. Change is good, and this was a good change for me.
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3:43PM on 04/07/2017
ScarJo fucking sucked. I don't care about the casting, she just slept through the whole fucking movie.
ScarJo fucking sucked. I don't care about the casting, she just slept through the whole fucking movie.
12:24PM on 04/07/2017
I haven't seen the movie yet but I wonder if the whitewashing is the only issue that sinks this movie. This reminds me of Avatar the Last Airbender which also has whitewashing issue as well but the movie itself was so bad. Ghost in the Shell might suffer the same problem - bad movie makes worse by whitewashing issue.
I haven't seen the movie yet but I wonder if the whitewashing is the only issue that sinks this movie. This reminds me of Avatar the Last Airbender which also has whitewashing issue as well but the movie itself was so bad. Ghost in the Shell might suffer the same problem - bad movie makes worse by whitewashing issue.
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1:45PM on 04/07/2017
I agree. Most of the reviews talked about it being all style and no substance. It sounded like a hollow CGI mess, which is why I skipped it. I wasn't really concerned about the whitewashing. If this movie discourages studios from whitewashing going forward, that's definitely a good thing. However, they should take into account all the other issues this movie had as well.
I agree. Most of the reviews talked about it being all style and no substance. It sounded like a hollow CGI mess, which is why I skipped it. I wasn't really concerned about the whitewashing. If this movie discourages studios from whitewashing going forward, that's definitely a good thing. However, they should take into account all the other issues this movie had as well.
3:46PM on 04/07/2017
I couldn't are less about the casting. I was excited to see ScarJo and the guy from Boardwalk Empire cast. But holy shit do they just sleep through the entire movie. There is no emotion in anyone. Its all just monotoned spouting of explaining what every term means like the audience is going to be 5 year olds with ADHD.

The action is boring too, its all in the trailer. The whitewashing bullshit was just a touchy subject reviewers felt they had to throw in because they are afraid of not
I couldn't are less about the casting. I was excited to see ScarJo and the guy from Boardwalk Empire cast. But holy shit do they just sleep through the entire movie. There is no emotion in anyone. Its all just monotoned spouting of explaining what every term means like the audience is going to be 5 year olds with ADHD.

The action is boring too, its all in the trailer. The whitewashing bullshit was just a touchy subject reviewers felt they had to throw in because they are afraid of not mentioning it and being called assholes. Dont worry about the casting, worry about how the people cast couldn't say a single line without sounding like they were falling asleep.
11:38PM on 04/07/2017
The plot was problematic because they basically tried to mash the plot from the original anime and its direct sequel (Innocence) into one,and in the process turned it into such a mediocre action movie that fails to deliver anything interesting other than some impressive wirework and puppetry.
The plot was problematic because they basically tried to mash the plot from the original anime and its direct sequel (Innocence) into one,and in the process turned it into such a mediocre action movie that fails to deliver anything interesting other than some impressive wirework and puppetry.
10:54AM on 04/08/2017
Looks like all reviews are spot on.
Looks like all reviews are spot on.
6:09PM on 04/08/2017
Both whitewashing and the movie being a poor quality (story wise) and poor imitation of the anime hurt this movie. The director said he dumb downed (not his exact words) the movie to fit a general audience. When I heard that I knew the movie would suck even more. I don't know why people insist on one attribute that contributes the failure of this movie. Both hurt the movie and if any people think whitewashing didn't contribute, quite frankly they live in a bubble and aren't aware of other
Both whitewashing and the movie being a poor quality (story wise) and poor imitation of the anime hurt this movie. The director said he dumb downed (not his exact words) the movie to fit a general audience. When I heard that I knew the movie would suck even more. I don't know why people insist on one attribute that contributes the failure of this movie. Both hurt the movie and if any people think whitewashing didn't contribute, quite frankly they live in a bubble and aren't aware of other people's concerns.
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12:05PM on 04/07/2017

Yes to new content!

But I can't tell you how many times I've recently heard film opinions or critical business/franchise critique - followed by someone saying they've never seen the original anime film or either of the anime shows.
But I can't tell you how many times I've recently heard film opinions or critical business/franchise critique - followed by someone saying they've never seen the original anime film or either of the anime shows.
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11:56AM on 04/07/2017
On the move...
This is why you make changes to a LIVE ACTION movie based on a CARTOON..
You can't merely copy and paste.
This is why Marvel has done so well, they're ADOPTED the source material to the big screen.
Ghost In the Shell has to be one of the worst movies ever made. Just as bad as they come.
On the move...
This is why you make changes to a LIVE ACTION movie based on a CARTOON..
You can't merely copy and paste.
This is why Marvel has done so well, they're ADOPTED the source material to the big screen.
Ghost In the Shell has to be one of the worst movies ever made. Just as bad as they come.
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7:11PM on 04/07/2017
Cartoon? It's Anime and there's a difference between the two.
Cartoon? It's Anime and there's a difference between the two.
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