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Rupert Sanders says Ghost in the Shell won't be the s**t Hollywood version

12.27.2016

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Even if you put aside the whole white-washing issue, Paramount's upcoming GHOST IN THE SHELL has another possible strike against it as Hollywood is rarely successful when it comes to adapting stories and films from foreign countries. I'm not saying that it's impossible, there are certainly exceptions, but those stories tend to either get sanitized or changed to the point of bearing little resemblance to what came before. However, based on what little we've seen from Rupert Sanders' GHOST IN THE SHELL, I'm actually feeling cautiously optimistic about the Hollywood adaptation of Masamune Shirow's story.

While speaking with Empire, Sanders says that the film will be "a ride that's not just explosive and exciting, but also curious and reflective." The director also reassured fans that GHOST IN THE SHELL won't be the "shit Hollywood version." That's certainly nice to hear, but it remains to be seen whether the film will actually live up to those sentiments. Empire also debuted a brand-new picture of Scarlett Johansson as The Major.

Here's the synopsis for GHOST IN THE SHELL:

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, GHOST IN THE SHELL follows 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 Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

GHOST IN THE SHELL is set for a March 31, 2017 release.

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Source: Empire

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11:57AM on 12/28/2016

Sorry, but yeah it already looks like typical Hollywood rebranding

The guy who made Snow White and the Huntsman (and made out with that plank of Styrofoam in the process) is making an adaptation of a beloved manga/anime series... The trailers look mediocre so far. At least they don't look awful but it still just looks like Aeon Flux bullshit. They already got a lot of characters wrong (aging a lot of them and making them gruff and not innocent). I really wish Beat Takashi directed this instead of some hack.
The guy who made Snow White and the Huntsman (and made out with that plank of Styrofoam in the process) is making an adaptation of a beloved manga/anime series... The trailers look mediocre so far. At least they don't look awful but it still just looks like Aeon Flux bullshit. They already got a lot of characters wrong (aging a lot of them and making them gruff and not innocent). I really wish Beat Takashi directed this instead of some hack.
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10:01PM on 12/27/2016

Hollywood is rarely successful when it comes to adapting stories and films from foreign countries.

Dude, that's not true whatsoever. If you said "they rarely succeed in adapting films based off of anime" then you'd be spot on, but to say making a blanket statement against remakes of foreign films is just that, a massive blanket statement and a very inaccurate one to boot. I could no joke, list 30 remakes of foreign flicks off the top of my head that are fantastic and literally over 100 if you gave me a couple hours to do some research.
Dude, that's not true whatsoever. If you said "they rarely succeed in adapting films based off of anime" then you'd be spot on, but to say making a blanket statement against remakes of foreign films is just that, a massive blanket statement and a very inaccurate one to boot. I could no joke, list 30 remakes of foreign flicks off the top of my head that are fantastic and literally over 100 if you gave me a couple hours to do some research.
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11:21PM on 12/27/2016
Okay, you know what, just for kicks:

Some Like It Hot
The Departed
The Sound of Music
Twelve Monkeys
Gaslight
The Magnificent Seven
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Let Me In
We Are What We Are
Top Hat
Goodbye Mr. Chips
True Lies
Solaris
Brothers
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1950s film)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Parent Trap
Insomnia (Christopher Nolan film)
The Last House on The Left (1970s film)
Fanny
Return to Paradise
Paris When It
Okay, you know what, just for kicks:

Some Like It Hot
The Departed
The Sound of Music
Twelve Monkeys
Gaslight
The Magnificent Seven
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Let Me In
We Are What We Are
Top Hat
Goodbye Mr. Chips
True Lies
Solaris
Brothers
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1950s film)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Parent Trap
Insomnia (Christopher Nolan film)
The Last House on The Left (1970s film)
Fanny
Return to Paradise
Paris When It Sizzles
The Birdcage
The 13th Letter
Prince Avalanche
Sorcerer
The Debt
The Ring
The Scent of a Woman


There, that took me less than 10 minutes and they're all American remakes of foreign films and all movies that I would consider good, with several of them being far better than the original. Sorry man, but I just really hate how much people rag on remakes and especially American remakes of foreign films when, in reality, a lot of them are really good.
12:01PM on 12/28/2016
Holy shit, we get it. Hollywood can't come up with any good ideas so they steal them from foreign movies. Also, 99% of the movies you listed are classics because they were made in the golden age of Hollywood with actors who were at such higher levels of skill. They didn't rely on 99% CGI to make movies back then. Now its just "who can we turn into a robot, who can we use to sell toys, who can we hire to make a big movie on a small budget". Its not about the love of making movies anymore, its
Holy shit, we get it. Hollywood can't come up with any good ideas so they steal them from foreign movies. Also, 99% of the movies you listed are classics because they were made in the golden age of Hollywood with actors who were at such higher levels of skill. They didn't rely on 99% CGI to make movies back then. Now its just "who can we turn into a robot, who can we use to sell toys, who can we hire to make a big movie on a small budget". Its not about the love of making movies anymore, its just about the money mill.
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