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“Ghost in the Shell” offers up a Super Bowl trailer

Not your average football robot

Paramount Pictures “Ghost in the Shell” live-action adaptation will hit theaters next month, and to hype the release, Paramount will be showing a preview trailer during the Super Bowl. You don’t have to wait for the big-game to watch the trailer however, like other companies and studios have done in the past, Paramount has released the trailer ahead of the game on the company’s YouTube channel.

The film itself will release on March 31, 2017, and the project is based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “Ghost in the Shell”. The story follows Major, a 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 sci-fi action-thriller was directed by Rupert Sanders, working from a screenplay written by Jamie Moss. The original manga series was written by Masamune Shirow. Joining Scarlett Johansson in the cast are Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche and Michael Pitt.

If you never saw the original animated film, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the hit 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.

“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.