With the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell debuting at $19.1 million in its opening weekend, causing Paramount Pictures a loss of at least $60 million thanks to the whitewashing controversy and poor marketing for the film which took inspiration from subject matter that may be considered as too obscure for a general audience, it appears the property is headed back for another stab in animation.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Publisher Kodansha and Production I.G — the Japanese animation company behind the 1995 hit anime Ghost in the Shell — are looking to produce a new animated feature film based on the original manga.
Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) have reportedly been tapped to co-direct the animated picture.
The new animated film will be the third recent reimagining of the cyberpunk anime that follows a human-cyborg hybrid who leads the counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9 in mid-21st century of Japan. In addition to the live-action adaptation from Paramount, the prequel series Ghost in the Shell: Arise was launched in Japan in 2013 by Kodansha and Production I.G. along with Bandai.
So what do you think? Are you excited for Ghost in the Shell to return to animation? The live-action film certainly set the world up for a sequel but unless the film performs incredibly well in international markets, it seems highly unlikely a follow-up will ever come to fruition.