‘Ghost In The Shell’ Used ‘Avatar’ Stages and Weta Workshop Handled Props/Costumes

Nov 15, 2016

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Weta Workshop‘s website has finally listed Ghost In The Shell as one of their projects, they also included recent behind the scenes footage of props, weapons, vehicles, and costumes. It even includes a shot of director Rupert Sanders speaking with Sir Richard Taylor and the Weta team.

The impressive team at Weta Workshop have been behind some of the more impressive science-fiction projects including Avatar, District 9, Elysium, Chappie, Edge of Tomorrow and Mad Max: Fury Road.

It was assumed Weta was taking part since production mostly took place in Wellington, New Zealand. Site confirmation seemingly gives more weight that they were indeed doing a lot of the work on the film other than the robotic geishas as revealed in the summer.

The film was shot mostly at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, the same stages used for The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, and Avatar. The work they did on Avatar alongside Weta Workshop should give you an idea of the level of design we’re looking at with Ghost In The Shell.

Other projects had been shooting in and around the New Zealand area without being attributed to Weta, so we weren’t entirely sure this was the case.

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We missed this during the San Diego Comic-Con new blitz, but Weta’s Sir Richard Taylor was on hand with a display of the geishas they did for the film. You can view that footage here.

“These are some of the characters that we designed and built for the movie and it’s a great opportunity to start to light up an interest about movies that are coming in the new year with fans that visit our stand.”

Currently, Weta Digital isn’t listed as effects company working on post-production, but we’ll assume they are as most projects shot at the Wellington stages at Stone Street with Weta Workshop involved tend to have Weta Digital handle effects as well.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

Directed by Rupert Sanders the film’s cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han, Rila Fukushima, Kaori Momoi, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Tricky, Danusia Samal, Juliette Bincohe, Michael Wincott, Joseph Naufahu, Chris Obi, Peter Ferdinado, Xavier Horan, and Ander Ng.

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The film’s score will be handled by Clint Mansell with contributing music from Kenji Kawai.

Ghost In The Shell is set for release on March 31st, 2017.

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SOURCE: WETA WORKSHOP

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