Even if you’ve never seen the original 1995 anime feature Ghost in the Shell or any of the follow-up films or series that came after it, looking at scenes from Rupert Sanders’ upcoming live-action film alongside its animated inspiration should impress you. Clearly Sanders and his creative team have spent a lot of time studying some of the most iconic and memorable moments from the GitS franchise in order to satisfactorily bring them to life. From the creation of The Major (Scarlett Johansson), to seeing her in action, I’m more excited for the upcoming film having watched this comparison; it’s that good.
Also starring Pilou Asbæk as Batou, with Beat Takeshi (a.k.a. Takeshi Kitano) as Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki, plus Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, and Rila Fukushima, and other Section 9 task force members played by Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo, Ghost in the Shell arrives in theaters on March 31, 2017.
Watch the side-by-side comparison trailer below via Flynns, followed by IGN’s look at the film’s iconic creation sequence:
Watch the live action Ghost in the Shell movie’s take on the anime’s iconic opening sequence, with original composer Kenji Kawai performing a new composition live on drums. At a press event in Japan, the only access to this footage was during the showcase. The press were allowed to film this sequence during the live performance.
For more of our coverage on Ghost in the Shell, be sure to take a look at some of our recent write-ups below:
- Clint Mansell to Score ‘Ghost in the Shell’
- ‘Ghost in the Shell’: New Images of Scarlett Johansson’s Pistols & Costumes from Tokyo
- ‘Ghost in the Shell’: Everything You Need to Know about Hollywood’s Gritty, “Sexy” Adaptation
- First ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Trailer Sees Scarlett Johansson in Futuristic Action
- ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Featurette: Anime Director Comments on Scarlett Johansson’s Casting