Production is officially underway in Wellington, New Zealand on Ghost In The Shell.
Starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), the film is due for release in Australia on 30 March 2017.
Based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost In The Shell follows the Major — 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.
The film is produced by The Amazing Spider-Man's Avi Arad as well as Ari Arad and Steven Paul from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengance. Michael Costigan (Prometheus) Tetsu Fujimura (Tekken), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (whose animation studio Production I.G produced the Japanese Ghost In The Shell film and television series) and Jeffrey Silver (300) will executive produce.
The cast includes Beat Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale) as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) as Dr. Ouelet, Michael Pitt (Hannibal) as Kuze, Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) as Batou, and Kaori Momoi (Memoirs Of A Geisha).
"We are so pleased to be in Wellington to shoot Ghost In The Shell" said producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad, Michael Costigan and Jeffrey Silver. "The crew-base in New Zealand working on the film is first class, and working with Sir Richard Taylor and the team at Weta Workshop is inspirational on every level."
Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have entered into a marketing agreement with the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) which recognises the significant economic, cultural and industry development benefits the production will bring to New Zealand.