Hollywood GHOST IN THE SHELL movie changes the Major's name!?!?

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    shenyongo
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    Ghost in the Shell has Changed the Name of its Main Character

    That’s right folks, the Major’s name is no longer Motoko Kusanagi but instead Mira (because reasons…..).
    It’s even confirmed in this recently released clip…

    I have now gone from being cautiously hyped for this movie to being very skeptical once again. Not neccesarly because they changed the name of the Major, but because Hollywood seems to have made a Winter Soldier/Robocop mash up, with of course the EVIL corporation (cause we totally haven’t seen that before, right…), with the title GHOST IN THE SHELL slapped on it. Just look at this tv spot and try to tell me that this will be more than a generic action movie.

    The name change is just yet another confirmation that they are not comfortable with Ghost in the Shell as a property.
    I will likely elaborate on this when we do the fan stream commentary of the Oshii GHOST IN THE SHELL movies.
    What are y’all’s thoughts about this? Is there still hope for the movie, or is history repeating itself (cough Stallone’s Judge Dredd 1995 cough)?

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    shenyongo
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    Good news. Just when things seem to be becoming bleak for the movie, there remains a glimmer of hope.
    http://collider.com/ghost-in-the-shell-footage-review-imax/#scarlett-johansson

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    Jake_L
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    M’kay. I’m breaking silence on this with a simple statement that has polarized GOTS fans for years: The Major has no backstory.

    At all.

    No, I’m serious—Masamune Shirow has come out several times over the years saying that Makoto Kusanagi was born and raised on the building she jumped off of in the manga. Literally in every in carnation of the franchise that has explored or even discussed her origins, be it the first movie, the sequel Innocence, SOC, or the “meh” Arise series, none of them is canon. The Major isn’t the protagonist of GOTS, she’s the vehicle of it’s setting. Shirow’s stories are all set dressing for him to display the hyperfuturized setting he built in the mid-80s after Bladerunner came out and blew his mind in front of his face; the thematic nuance came to him as he went.

    That aside, considering the core theme of the original GOTS was about identity and individuality in a society where your mind and your body arent reliant on each other’s mutual cooperation anymore, and how the story it presents ponders about life and death and birth in that society, I’m eager to see it translated from an Eastern storytelling method to a Western one (a three-to-five act structure versus upwards of twelve). Honestly I’m more relieved than disappointed the movie’s going it’s own way; strictly adhearing to the source material would be less filmmaking and more future technogadetry porn.

    And lesbo-robot tentacle fucking. And chrome penises.

    Yes I’m serious.

    #8693
    shenyongo
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    M’kay. I’m breaking silence on this with a simple statement that has polarized GOTS fans for years: The Major has no backstory.

    At all.

    No, I’m serious—Masamune Shirow has come out several times over the years saying that Makoto Kusanagi was born and raised on the building she jumped off of in the manga. Literally in every in carnation of the franchise that has explored or even discussed her origins, be it the first movie, the sequel Innocence, SOC, or the “meh” Arise series, none of them is canon. The Major isn’t the protagonist of GOTS, she’s the vehicle of it’s setting. Shirow’s stories are all set dressing for him to display the hyperfuturized setting he built in the mid-80s after Bladerunner came out and blew his mind in front of his face; the thematic nuance came to him as he went.

    That aside, considering the core theme of the original GOTS was about identity and individuality in a society where your mind and your body arent reliant on each other’s mutual cooperation anymore, and how the story it presents ponders about life and death and birth in that society, I’m eager to see it translated from an Eastern storytelling method to a Western one (a three-to-five act structure versus upwards of twelve). Honestly I’m more relieved than disappointed the movie’s going it’s own way; strictly adhearing to the source material would be less filmmaking and more future technogadetry porn.

    And lesbo-robot tentacle fucking. And chrome penises.

    Yes I’m serious.

    I guess you have a good point. Like look at GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE; the Major isn’t even the main character and doesn’t really show up until the end.
    I just must be in that phase where the release date is so close that I can’t help but be nervous.

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