It seems a small coincidence that the Japanese studio behind the original Ghost in the Shell movie, along with it’s movie sequels and TV show adaptations, is going to revisit the project after the lacklustre success of the Hollywood version.
The studio, Production I.G., announced that they will be working with a couple of the original directors, Kenji Kamiyama (best known for the TV show of Ghost in the Shell) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed Alpha) for the new Ghost in the Shell project.
Kamiyama’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was renowned for its action-packed high quality animation and heavy political and social themes. It was very popular at the time and is still as critically acclaimed as the 1995 film directed by Mamoru Oshii.
Director Kamiyama previously hinted in a tweet that he had his eye set on returning to the Ghost in the Shell universe. A fan asked is there would be a third season to Stand Alone Complex, and Kamiyama replied that he’d just received new information on the subject and suggested that the Ghost in the Shell project was something he wanted to look forward to in the near future.
Production I.G. did not make it clear whether we might finally be seeing a third season to Stand Alone Complex, or another movie in the same universe. There is also no release date for the project, or if it will even be released internationally.
Especially after Paramount’s live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, it seems too oddly timed that the original production company wants to take up the mantel again. Perhaps they want to ride the coattails of Paramount’s success and reinvigoration of the franchise, or they want to show the American studio how it’s done properly.
Which do you think it is? What would you like to see come out of the this project? Let us know in the comments below!