Ghost in the Shell

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producer Defends His Casting

by Matthew Monagle July 3, 2016 @ 2:27 PM
Paramount Pictures
If you’ll remember, a few months ago we broke the news that Ghost in the Shell producers had tested visual effects that would make the Caucasian members of their upcoming film adaptation appear Asian. Multiple independent sources confirmed that this was part of an attempt to “shift the ethnicity” of lead actress Scarlett Johansson in post-production. The news went over about as well as you would expect.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Adds ‘The Wolverine’ Star Rila Fukushima

by Britt Hayes May 25, 2016 @ 6:01 PM
The CW
That long-developing live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell has drawn plenty of ire for its primarily white cast, and reports that Paramount commissioned VFX tests to make Scarlett Johansson appear asian only made things worse. Sure, the film does have some asian cast members, but they’ve been largely relegated to supporting roles so far. Perhaps that will change with the addition of The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima — though it would be far more interesting if she were cast in the lead.

Exclusive: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producers Reportedly Tested Visual Effects That Would Make White Actors Appear Asian

by Mike Sampson April 15, 2016 @ 10:42 AM
Getty Images/Kodansha Comics USA
After the backlash surrounding Johansson’s role in the film, producers reportedly attempted to quell the controversy with an old standby Hollywood uses to fix a lot of problems: CGI. According to multiple independent sources close to the project, Paramount and DreamWorks commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Casts Michael Pitt to Star as Villain Alongside Scarlett Johansson

by Charles Bramesco February 5, 2016 @ 9:34 AM
Palm Pictures
Progress on the Scarlett Johansson-led live-action adaptation of the popular anime Ghost in the Shell continues this week. More than a placeholder for the gap at the center of our collective being capable of being filled only by a Lucy sequel, the...

‘Ghost in the Shell’ to Reunite Scarlett Johansson With ‘Lucy’ Co-Star

by Britt Hayes November 10, 2015 @ 8:08 PM
Palm Pictures / BBC
After years of development and uncertainty, the Ghost in the Shell movie is finally preparing to head into production, with Scarlett Johansson set to play the lead role in the English-language adaptation of the beloved Japanese anime. And it looks like Johansson will be keeping some familiar company, as her Lucy co-star Pilou Asbæk has joined the cast.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Movie Taps ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Writer

by Britt Hayes October 23, 2015 @ 8:04 PM
Palm Pictures
A live-action adaptation of popular anime Ghost in the Shell has been in development for years, but this past year things really got off the ground with the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role and Snow White and the Huntsman’s Rupert Sanders coming on board to direct. The ambitious project has just brought a new writer into the fold, as DreamWorks has tapped Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman to write the latest draft of the screenplay.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Get Release Dates, ‘The Jungle Book’ Gets Delayed

by Britt Hayes January 13, 2015 @ 5:23 PM
There’s a bunch of Disney release date news today, as the studio has announced when we’ll see the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie starring Scarlett Johansson, that ‘Pete’s Dragon’ remake, and a new date for Jon Favreau’s live-action take on ‘The Jungle Book.’ We know, it’s a lot to process. We’re here to help.

Scarlett Johansson Will Star in the American ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Remake

by Matt Singer January 5, 2015 @ 10:57 AM
Back in October, it was reported that ‘Lucy’ and ‘Avengers 2’ star Scarlett Johansson had been offered $10 million to anchor the new, American (and live-action) version of the classic Japanese anime ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ It took a while for Johansson to decide (“Hm, do I really want $10 million? This is a tough one!”), but Variety now says she’s made up her mind: Johansson will star in the new ‘Ghost’ for director Rupert Sanders.

Scarlett Johansson Offered $10 Million to Star in 'Ghost in the Shell'

by Jacob Hall October 17, 2014 @ 10:29 AM
The last time we heard from DreamWorks' planned live action adaptation of 'Ghost in the Shell,' the studio was courting 'The Wolf of Wall Street' star Margot Robbie for the lead role. Now, things have changed and a bigger name has been thrown into the mix: Scarlett Johansson, aka, Black Widow, aka, 'Lucy,' aka, the most bankable female action star of the moment.