Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi

Netflix announces a new Ghost in the Shell series as part of its growing anime slate

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Dec 7, 2018

It looks like Netflix is reviving another groundbreaking anime for its ever-expanding platform.

The streaming giant just announced Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, which is set to premiere sometime in 2020. Based on Masamune Shirow's classic manga Ghost in the Shell, which premiered back in 1989, it explores themes of consciousness and individuality through the lens of artificial intelligence.

The newest incarnation, which was first announced in April of last year, will utilize 3DCG in its animation process, which is heralded as the next generation in computer animation.

Kenji Kamiyama, who directed the first series adaptation, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, in the early 2000s, is joining with Shinji Aramaki to helm the project together. Aramaki's most recent feature adaptation of Appleseed also utilized 3DCG technology.

No other details were announced, save for a rendition of the show's heroine, Motoko Kusanagi, which you can see above.

Ghost in the Shell has seen multiple adaptations on the big and small screen since its launch almost 30 years ago. There's the 1995 animated feature, which was heralded as a modern classic, and the 2017 live-action flick starring Scarlett Johannson that didn't go over as well — for a number of reasons.

This latest announcement comes among a considerable number of new anime projects the streaming giant has in development. There's a live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, anime adaptations of Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon, as well as revivals of classic titles like 7SEEDS, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and a feature-length Ultraman movie coming this April.

The latter, based on the 1960s live-action show by Eiji Tsuburaya, will also involve both Kamiyama and Aramaki in the production.

Are you excited to see a brand-new incarnation of Ghost in the Shell? Let us know in the comments.


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