Anime Hall of Shame: Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell
The Anime Hall of Shame is just that. Shameful anime adaptation attempts by Hollywood that serve no purpose but to annoy you.
I mean just when you thought this Ghost in the Shell adaptation project was dead in the water, it jumps out at you again! The new studio in charge of the classic manga/anime adaptation is Paramount, with Rupert Sanders still directing the screenplay written by William Wheeler.
Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic, cyberpunk story of a special ops team–with a mix of human and cyborg members–tasked to hunt down a political terrorist before they destroy modern society.
The studio insists that the release date of Ghost in the Shell will stay the same, with this anime hall of shame-er to be released on March 31st, 2017.
Scarlett Johansson is The Major. (I truly hope they don’t plan on keeping the name Motoko)
Pilou Asbaek is set to play Batou
And actor Micheal Pitt has been cast as the ‘Laughing Man’.
From the director to the casting, ever since the rumors of a Hollywood adaptation came to light there has been controversy, and from this underwhelming, whitewashed cast, you can see why…hence why its in the hall of shame
Even with a new studio in charge, there are still concerns from some fans of this iconic series:
Were all the Asian actresses in Hollywood busy?
Will they change too much of the story for it to be recognizable?
Will they cast ANY actors of color aside from being extras?!
I guess the good news is that they don’t have to focus on any necessary aspects of Japanese culture, as they have jumped to adapting the “Stand Alone Complex” story arc, instead of remaking the Ghost In The Shell OVA, ehich contains a lot of traditional and historical aspects of Japanese folklore.
In the middle of the Hollywood diversity issue, the casting of these types of films less surprising and more disappointing. We all know these adaptations don’t do well, so maybe this will go the way of all the other Japanese anime Hollywood adaptations, and just bomb out and go away.
I guess we’ll find out together, when this anime hall of shame film is released next March.