On Wednesday night, we were treated to five very weird, very stark teaser clips for Paramount’s upcoming live action adaptation of the highly influential manga and anime, Ghost in the Shell. The clips showed everything from star Scarlett Johansson‘s now-nameless Major, the synthetic body housing a real mind (somewhere), waking up, finding a group of cybernetic monks, and being caressed by someone who clearly doesn’t know what she is. Also included were Takeshi Kitano’s white-haired policeman, and a super creepy-faced lady. On their own, we thought “Okay, cool.” But put together by YouTuber Tim Gonzales, they’re an amazing teaser trailer.
Most teaser trailers nowadays, especially ones for sci-fi movies, are disconnected moments anyway, so putting them together intercut with titles about the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, and the project being a highly acclaimed manga, was completely in keeping with Hollywood standards. What really makes this standout (originally shared by Polygon) though, is the use of the main theme music from the original 1995 anime, which created a haunting beginning to the contemplative action to follow.
For those not in the know, the original film Ghost in the Shell is the story of a cyborg policewoman in the near future who goes on the hunt for a powerful hacker called the Puppet Master who gets control over synthetic beings. Perhaps there’s something more to the Puppet Master’s plot than simply causing trouble. The manga that spawned the film also spawned a media franchise full of TV series and further original video anime. There’s no exact word on what the plot of this film will be, but if it captures the tone of the original film, we think it’s got the visuals down.
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