Scarlett Johansson might have to wait a while before getting her Black Widow solo film, but Disney and Dreamworks have faith in her to lead the cyborg action flick Ghost In The Shell. The studio reportedly offered her $10 million to star in the Japanese manga adaptation which is expected to see Scarlett get her own non-Marvel franchise role that could lead to multiple sequels if successful. The manga was created by Masamune Shirow, turned into wildly popular anime film and television series, there’s even a new first-person-shooter video game coming soon.
A shrewd cyborg operative that works within Section 9, the cyber security division of a near future government.
She gave a brief update on the project to Collider, during an interview for Age of Ultron, Scarlett confirms it’s starting to shoot sometime around January or February, with director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) locked-in as it’s director. Shell seemingly got it’s production date pushed back to allow her to be apart of Captain America: Civil War, not that hard to do since both films are being released by Disney.
“It’s happening. It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it’s me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that’s all I know.”
Disney revealed the project along with their other releases for 2015-2017 at CinemaCon 2015, giving us a tiny look at the in-progress title card for the adaptation.
There’s been some talk that Scarlett being cast in the Major role is white-washing, while my perspective is that her body is a construct/robot with blue eyes, so her ethnicity isn’t a huge issue. I’d have a bigger problem if the supporting cast and it’s setting wasn’t Japanese, then it would be time to calling-out Dreamworks for pulling the same crap that Warner Bros. did with their Americanized Akira feature adaptation that stalled not too long ago after negative press.
The real question that should be asked, will Dreamworks pursue a PG-13 rating? This would soften the hard edged series known for brutally gritty/graphic violence.
Ghost In The Shell launches into theatres on April 14th, 2017. Making it the first new era female superhero flick to be released by a major studio, slightly edging out Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman that drops on June 23rd, 2017.