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It’s the film that’s causing major buzz, even before a single trailer has come out: the live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell. Director Avi Arad talked about the film at Production I.G.’s panel at Anime Expo, and he had some interesting things to tell fans about the upcoming film:

Mamoru Oshii is a Fan of Lead Lady Scarlett Johansson

While fan opinion might be split on the casting of seasoned actress Scarlett Johansson as the Major, the director of the original animated Ghost of the Shell film is a fan of hers. Whether original creator Masamune Shirow is a fan, however, is unknown.

The Staff is Extremely Passionate about the Project

So passionate, in fact, that the cinematographer inputted the color palette from one of the anime films (though which film was not specified) so that the look of the film would match the anime.

The Film Has Been in Talks since 2008

Arad and Production I.G.’s staff admitted that information has been slow in getting out. However, they insisted that this is because the team wanted to take their time to make a high-quality product.

The Film Was Filmed in Both Hong Kong and New Zealand

When asked why these location choices were made, Arad responded that Hong Kong had an atmosphere similar to the futuristic setting they were aiming for, and New Zealand had the space that was needed for filming.

The Japanese Used in the Film Has Been Checked

A representative from Production I.G. assured fans that she corrected Japanese text displayed in the film on things like sign boards to confirm that the language used was correct. Therefore, there’s little chance we’ll be seeing any strange Japanese in the film.

Beat Takeshi Will Play Aramaki

As one of the only Japanese actors in the film, Beat Takeshi will also be the only character in the film to speak in Japanese as his character Aramaki.

The live-action Ghost in the Shell film is scheduled to premiere in March 2017.

Image Copyright © Paramount Pictures/ Production I.G.

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