Remember the good old days of the movie trailer? How about the movie teasers? Remember just a handful of months ago when movie trailers got their own pre-trailers? Psh who needs any of that when you can release five mini teasers and slap ‘em all together to make one giant teaser?!
Ghost in the Shell
Movies like Ghost in the Shell are what make me glad I’m not a box office prognosticator. On the one hand, the movie is a blockbuster adaptation of the popular Japanese manga that stars one of the most bankable international movie stars; on the other hand, we’re still six-plus months away from the film’s release date and it has already generated more negative publicity than an entire season’s worth of summer movies. Good luck figuring out those leading indicators, experts!
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.
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.
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.
One of the things we just didn’t have time or space to get into in our Captain America: Civil War review, is just how great Scarlett Johansson is in the film. Black Widow is so dynamic and exciting to watch, it’s almost a crime Marvel hasn’t given...
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...
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.
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.
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.