We're a few months away from seeing the classic anime Ghost in the Shell reach the silver screen, but after the trailer release this weekend, waiting became even more difficult. Though adapted, many of the the character and plot details are still being kept tightly under wraps.
During the trailer launch in Tokyo this past weekend, director Rupert Sanders confirmed that Instead of being a direct adaptation of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film of the same title, his ambitious project pulls influence from a number of Ghost in the Shell properties, including Innocence, the Stand Alone Complex and, naturally, Masamune Shirow's original manga.
Sanders commented a bit on why he felt it necessary to expand and modernize the original film, and what he hopes audiences will gain from the experience.
“I don’t think you could have taken the 1995 film and just remade it frame-by-frame — it’s too philosophical and too introspective. That’s what so many people like about it, and I hope we’ve channeled that but built a bigger film around it, so that people are excited in the cinema but come out enriched in some way."
At the event, attendees were able to get a sneak peek at some of the costumes, props and concept art. Though Paramount's #GhostInTheShell won't be a frame-by-frame adaptation, there are enough similarities that even the most casual fan of the title will have something to look forward to.
To compare, we've included a few of the featured costumes used in the upcoming film, side-by-side with stills from the animated versions. Check them out below to see how they stack up.
Major's Tactical Uniform
Looks like the Major, played by Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson, will be able to withstand all kinds of action. Motoko Kusanagi's iconic nude thermoptic suit wasn't on display, but it was featured in the trailer.
Batou's Cybernetic Eyes
Batou is known for his implanted cybernetic eyes. In the trailer, however, we see him both with and without them. I smell an origin story!
Batou's Trench Coat
A little more on the army green side than the original, but I think it's a good look.
Batou's Tactical Uniform
Batou, portrayed by Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, already looks like a complete badass. His stocked tactical uniform only highlights the level of conflict both he and the Section 9 task force will probably face.
Chief Daisuke Aramaki will be brought to life by famed Japanese actor, director, comedian and author Takeshi Kitano. Thankfully, he didn't have to shave his head down the middle to achieve Aromaki's look.
Animatronic Geisha Bot
One of the images from the trailer that is already generating a lot of buzz from fans is the animatronic Geisha Bot from Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence — and after seeing her mechanical face close up, it's easy to see why.
Ghost In The Shell will be released in theater on March 31, 2017.
Which part of the first Ghost in the Shell trailer is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.