The live-action “Ghost in the Shell” adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Rupert Sanders, won’t be hitting the big-screen until March, giving you plenty of time to see the popular animated version.
The franchise itself has built up quite a fanbase since it was created over 25 years ago, an this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement.
The original “Ghost in the Shell” movie from director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version.
The movie became the first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie back to U.S. theaters,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “‘Ghost in the Shell’ is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences.”
“‘Ghost in the Shell’ is an iconic property and it is great that fans will be able to watch it on the big screen for the first time in 20 years,’ said Kevin Carney, VP Marketing Lionsgate. “Many fans will be seeing the movie in a theater for the first time and Funimation has been a terrific partner to help make this possible.”
Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector’s edition of the remastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD. This new edition will feature steelbook packaging and Mondo artwork and will be available in retail outlets beginning March 7, 2017. You can checkout ‘Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie,” and the 25th Anniversary editions on authorised retailers like Amazon.com.
In the film a female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master”. This mysterious and threatening computer virus is capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together, with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.
Tickets are available beginning today and can be pre-purchased via the official movie website at funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell.