The live-action Ghost in the Shell movie is out now in cinemas worldwide, but if the Scarlett Johansson led adaptation isn’t your bag, then you’ll be thrilled to know that a new anime series is in development.
The new Ghost in the Shell is from franchise veteran Kenji Kamiyama, he was behind the fantastic Stand Alone Complex series, alongside Appleseed director Shinji Aramaki. The as yet untitled series won’t be a direct continuation of any existing story in the franchise and has been described as the “birth of a new Ghost in the Shell world.”
Despite looking pretty, the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie hasn’t been the blockbuster hit Paramount/Dreamwork were expecting. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Ghost in the Shell could wind up losing more than $70 million after its middling box office performance. While that made for a great headline, that figure is only accurate if the movie bottoms out with a global box-off of $180 million. At the time of writing, Ghost in the Shell has grossed $130 million worldwide, and it still has a few territories to open in.
Naturally, with a budget of $110 million (plus a sizeable marketing spend), the odds of Ghost in the Shell breaking even are slim at best. The shortcomings of the live-action version won’t do the overall Ghost in the Shell franchise any harm, it just might be a while before we see another live-action movie.
There’s no word yet on when the new series will debut, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.