‘Ghost In The Shell’ Poised To Shell Out $60M+ Loss

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Paramount continues to take a beating at the box office as Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell is poised to lose the company (and Dreamworks) $60M or more. The sci-fi tale about a cyborg police unit had to give up the ghost against stiff competition and various other issues.

The live-action anime adaptation Ghost In The Shell, which at one point was expected to have a respectable $40M start in the United States, opened with a rather underwhelming $18.6M and doesn’t appear to be having substantial legs. Deadline is projecting that at the current rate, the movie is going to top out at about $200M worldwide, which is an estimated $60M+ loss when accounting for production and advertising costs. The only way that this can truly change is if the movie vastly overperforms expectations in the few markets it has yet to be released in, which include China, India, and Japan. Unfortunately, that’s not looking incredibly likely.

While it’s easy to blame the movie’s disappointing returns on the decision to cast a white actress as the Major (who is given the name of Motoko Kusanagi as an alias in the anime series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and is presumed to be Asian, though her actual ethnicity is never specified), there are a number of more important factors to consider with the movie’s performance. The first is that the film’s $110M budget was simply too high to allocate to a franchise that’s not widely-known in the United States outside of various circles of anime fandom. The second is that the ad campaign for the film had an incredibly hard time trying to sell the movie beyond its widely-praised visual effects, and that the ads were too cerebral in nature to interest casual audiences. And third, there just wasn’t enough social media buzz for the film, something that wasn’t helped by a bit of viral marketing that backfired spectacularly and the decidedly mixed reviews. Even if the ugly matter of whitewashing had been avoided by casting an up-and-coming Asian actress like Rinko Kikuchi in the lead role instead, the film likely would have suffered a financial loss all the same because of these problems.

There’s also the matter of the budget itself – some sources contacting Deadline have been led to believe that the movie’s budget was actually in the $180M range, which would make the total loss a costly $100M+ if such an assertion is true. Paramount had an incredibly disappointing 2016, and between the bombing of this movie and Monster Trucks, they’re going to need to make sure their remaining films make up for their earlier shortcomings. The plus side is that their other two Summer tent-poles seem to be hits in the making – Baywatch is apparently testing incredibly well, and Transformers: The Last Knight will bring in a substantial box office haul regardless of what the critics think of it. For now, however, the chances of making a movie franchise out of Ghost are pretty much toast at this point.

Source: Deadline

Anime Properties Hollywood Should Tackle Next

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Japan has been a driving force in the world of technology and gaming, but is also known for their animation. Anime series and films have become popular worldwide. Shows like Naruto and DragonBall Z are household names throughout the world. This popularity has carried over and gotten the attention of Hollywood with the occasional dip into these popular properties. The influence of anime is seen throughout Hollywood productions, but most notably in the hit franchise, The Matrix. While it is a challenging endeavor to adapt anime there have been attempts to do so, including Netflix’s Death Note Film as well as the live-action Ghost in the Shell. It’s an interesting time to look over how Hollywood adapts anime and which ones deserve to be given an American treatment.

Here are 10 anime properties that Hollywood should tackle next

  • Marquis de Sade

    Is there anything else to say, but this is just a precursor to the inevitable: BATFLECK DROPS OUT OF THE BATMAN!
    The headlines will read:
    dceu scrambles for replacement…On a sidenote, dceu’s no. 1 sycophant, sammy-rai is on suicide watch. FILM AT ELEVEN!

    BWAHAHAHA!

    • 39steps

      At this point, Sammy’s Marvel hatred/DC love posts have surpassed comedy to become a sublime form of performance art. Even he can spin this as a positive.

  • SAMURAI36

    I’ll admit that this is unfortunate. But not the biggest deal. Affleck is still in the role, is still involved with the script, and is still exec-producing.

    • henryducard

      He’s probably going to end up being more of a codirector to whoever he chooses to direct. He’s never done a film this big budget with the blockbuster effects and everything while writing and playing a leading role so it doesn’t seem to be a very big deal he admitted he needs help.

      • SAMURAI36

        Agreed. More over, I applaud him for standing his ground, and demanding no less than excellence, both for himself as well as for the film.

        I just hate the PR mess this announcement causes. Still, DC has shown that it can weather storms like this in the past.

        • JMMagwood

          Not sure why I have this feeling, but steel yourself. I’m not going to be surprised if Affleck bails on the project in sometime after “Justice League” premieres. His recent film projects haven’t been well received, and he may be second guessing himself as a filmmaker again. Sad, if my thoughts are accurate, because he was fantastic in “Batman V Superman.”

          • SAMURAI36

            First, welcome back!! Are you on Twitter at all? I thought I found you on there, but the account I found hasn’t been active in years.

            Second, I’m really hoping you’re wrong on this. The fact that he’s still actively involved in the film speaks highly of it.

          • JMMagwood

            Thanks! I tried Twitter for awhile a few years back, but it wasn’t my thing. I don’t do the social media thing.

            I hope I’m wrong too, but they guys known to be a bit volatile in his career. He seems a bit loopy, generally. Sure loved his Batman, though. My comments are more about him, and not the state of the DCEU.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, I’m really trying to make something “happen” with Twitter, but I’m with you, in that I’m not a social media guy either. We’ll see how it goes.

            I guess we’ll have to see about Affleck, though. The news certainly doesn’t sound as bad as people are trying to make it, though.

          • JNAZ

            I can be wrong but if i remember correctly they have Ben signed all the way to at least JL2. If i can have 4 batfleck films (BvS, JL1, The Batman, and JL2), I’d be totally satisfied with that. They can recast or kill-off (which I highly doubt) batman after JL2. Hopefully the DCEU will be well established by then and will survive without Ben Affleck, pretty much how Marvel can now move on without RDJ if they wanted to.

          • JMMagwood

            Agreed.

          • Marquis de Sade

            MAGGIE, YOU’RE BACK!

          • JMMagwood

            Yup.

        • JNAZ

          Expect an ultra positive DCEU news drop within a week. WB needs to counter all the negativity of the flash rewrite and now this. I’m calling Black Adam/Shazam news. Maybe casting news for Green Lantern?

          • SAMURAI36

            Either one (or even BOTH!!) would be awesome!!

    • Fenix

      Polish that turd!

    • Axxell

      This is really damning, especially for a studio that supposedly prides itself in the freedom they afford their directors.

      In reality, it’s just another symptom of WB’s poor planning. They should’ve stuck to their plan with the Superman movies and left the whole cinematic universe card for another day, instead of trying to follow the MCU.

    • Axxell

      I’ll admit that this is unfortunate. But not the biggest deal. Affleck is still in the role, is still involved with the script, and is still exec-producing.

      http://i.imgur.com/mtGc7Sl.gif

    • Origami Rose

      you should have Kellyanne Conways job

      • SAMURAI36

        Says the guy that believes every “alternative fact” he can get his hands on about DC? Try again.
        Besides, didn’t you hear? Trump is a Marvel man. The CEO of Marvel works for/with him.

  • SAMURAI36

    Apparently, Matt Reeves is rumored to be the next choice for the film.

  • Napi

    Wait for it, wait for it…!

    • SAMURAI36

      LOL. Yeah, I’m sure the trolls are climbing from under the bridge as we speak.

  • Carl

    Wow! After all the back and forth ending with Ben on Kimmel’s show saying he was doing it now this comes out.

    It’s just been all bad news for the DCEU lately. Blow it all up.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • RNG

    Cant help but think this is based on the disappointing numbers for Live By Night. I agree with the move. His record as a director appears to better when he’s not in the movie, and we definitely dont want to lose him as Batman.

  • Rob

    Affleck has been saying he has been struggling with the script for a while and won’t direct a substandard Batman. Sounds like the script is not going to be up to his standards and he is bailing on directing.

    • Axxell

      Yeah, I don’t know how anyone could be surprised by these news…

  • Origami Rose

    wonder woman is a mess, flash page one rewrite and now this it’s a rough month for the dceu.

    • Marquis de Sade

      When is it NOT a rough month for dceu?

      BWAHAHAHA!

    • SAMURAI36

      Where did you get that WW is a mess from? Except from that false Collider reveal?

      • Axxell

        After declaring that the rumor about Affleck dropping out was false, I believe you’ve lost all credibility (if you ever had any…)

      • Origami Rose

        I’m not trying to convince anyone i know for a fact it’s a mess. You can believe whatever you want to believe. Collider is your only new source? thats sad.

        • SAMURAI36

          You have me mixed up with someone who only believes false internet rumors. Like, you know…. You.

          I didn’t say I go by Collider. I don’t like them at all. I asked YOU where YOU got that from. You didn’t answer, even though I already know where it came from. But you deflected, because you don’t wanna expose your bias.

          But never mind the FACT that the director has already come forward & stated that there have been absolutely NO screenings for the film yet, so that “WW is a mess” rumor is a LIE. One that you & others were all too happy to believe.

          So good job with those #alternativefacts. That’ll get you far in life.

  • J Cesar Chavez

    My respects for Ben for putting all that energy into his character. I know the movies are not that strong, but I can appreciate all he has done. It is good that he is steeping aside as director, so things get their proper attention

  • Bruce Norris

    “Cold feet”.

  • DefJ123 the Deplorable

    While a shame, I’d rather he focus on his role as Batman and not on the directors chair. Affleck is by far the best batman yet…

  • Marquis de Sade

    Rumor has it, DR. UWE BOLL is on wb/dceu’s short list to helm the batman.

  • Math

    Ugh… I’d have rather he dropped out of acting and stay as a director. I’m not a big fan of Ben the actor but I’m a huge fan of Ben the director. I think he chose the wrong job.

    • SAMURAI36

      You may feel that way, but the majority of the audience doesn’t. They (myself included) don’t really care who males the film, more so than who carries the role.

      • Math

        You are probably right. I’m just saying that given the choice, I would have preferred to see Ben Affleck directing someone else playing Batman then seeing someone else directing Ben Affleck as Batman.

        But the more I think about it, nothing says Affleck won’t direct a Batman movie somewhere down the line. I could see Ben directing someone younger telling a Batman story that happened before he met Superman. He could take all the time he needs to get that project set-up properly, so less pressure to get this project rolling.

        I think Ben wanted more time to do it just right where WB just wanted to get a Batman movie out in theaters ASAP. In these circumstances, finding someone else to bring in new ideas and split the workload to get the project done faster is the right thing to do. Afflect is probably still going to be highly involved in the directing process anyway. He might not get credited for it, but they’ll surely try to find someone who compliments his vision well so they can work together. This could be a very good thing.

        I’m still disappointed that I won’t get that Ben Affleck directed Batman movie, but if they find the right director for the job, we could still get something as good if not better then what Affleck would have made. We could end up with something much worst too, but hey, let’s see what they do before jumping to conclusions. I’m still excited about all the possibilities.

        • SAMURAI36

          Agreed, to all points. Especially about Affleck possibly directing one of the sequels at some point.

  • Darthmanwe

    Well…..

    Look, I’m starting to get sick of this. If you cannot pull off a universe, stop trying to pull it off and just let people make their own movies. I’m already very angry about the state of the Flash movie, this only adds fuel to the fire. Mind you, this is coming from someone who loved both MoS and BvS.

    • SAMURAI36

      That’s because you’re buying into the negativity. I continue to point out, that Marvel had just as many issues (if not more) when they first started out, & NOBODY complained about that, nor do they seem to bring it up in comparison.
      People can’t seem to get past their bias when it comes to this. I understand only wanting to see the final result, but growing pains have to be taken into consideration for an undertaking as huge as this.
      I personally am not worried.

      • Axxell

        Yeah, you gotta give this upstart Warner Brothers studio a chance to have growing painsit’s not like they’ve been making movies for decades like that other Marvel Studios…right?