"We are bringing things we saw in the anime to the fore in live action"
The producer behind the live-action Ghost In The Shell film has claimed that the cast and crew are bringing Anime to life.
Ghost In The Shell is a real life re-imagination of the classic Japanese anime of the same name. The film came under fire for whitewashing after it was announced that Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson would be taking on the starring role of cyborg policewoman Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Speaking to IGN, producer Michael Costigan said, “I feel like such a geek making this movie because we are really bringing it to life so faithfully… We are bringing things we saw in the anime to the fore in live action so I’m very excited for the fans”.
Producer Avi Arad added, “Hopefully the film feels like the anime.”
The film’s cinematographer Jess Hall wanted to recreate the anime feel from the Japanese original by using the same 28 colors to light up every set in the movie as the original Ghost In The Shell. It seems like the movie makers are making every effort to stay loyal to the anime, except for their main character, who will be referred to as “Major”, dropping “Motoko Kusanagi”.
At least the character’s mother will be played by Japanese actress Kaori Momoi.
“We’re utilizing people from all over the world,” producer Steven Paul told Buzzfeed, “there’s Japanese in it. There’s Chinese in it. There’s English in it. There’s Americans in it.”
The film is set for release on 29 March 2017.