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Right after the first trailer for Scarlett Johansson's Ghost In The Shell landed, talk of whitewashing and whether the adaptation is even necessary hit the web once again. However, a number of references to the original anime and the franchise at large began to win over fans who feared that director Rupert Sanders would ignore Ghost In The Shell's legacy completely.

Riding this electronic wave of goodwill, Paramount have now screened the opening sequence from their live-action adaptation, and released it online for our viewing pleasure. Check out the NSFW clip below, which suggests that the final film could feature even more of Scarlett Johansson's nipples than the entirety of Under The Skin:

Open-minded fans of Mamoru Oshii's classic anime will hopefully applaud the way this clip pays homage to the original opening scene from Ghost In The Shell. After all, Sanders does the iconic "Shelling Sequence" absolute justice here, updating the visuals to show how the robotic avatar that houses Scarlett Johansson’s brain is made. What makes this even more impressive is that Paramount have recruited the original composer, Kenji Kawai, to breathe new life into the memorable score.

Check out the original and also NSFW opening scene in the clip below:

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However, even if you remain sceptical about the final release, it's hard to deny that the team behind this live-action adaptation are trying hard to win over die-hard fans as much as general cinema-goers. So far, it appears as though nothing has been lost in translation during the transition from animation to live action, although time will tell whether this is true of the final cut.

Let's just hope that Sanders is able to combine the various parts of the franchise that he's drawing upon into something new and equally special. No one wants to see a basic rehash of the original Ghost In The Shell, even if it does feature Scarlett Johansson in her most role yet.

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