New Edition Of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Franchise Heading To Netflix

Netflix continues to go big into anime, announcing a new Ghost in the Shell project set for worldwide distribution in 2020. The announcement was made via Twitter.

Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 will have directors Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) & Shinji Araki (Appleseed) on board. The new title will be a collaboration between studios Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts.

Production I.G animated all of the anime projects for Ghost in the Shell while SOLA’s credits include Appleseed Alpha, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 and also the new Ultraman anime that will bow on Netflix next year. The anime will be “reborn,” according to Netflix, by changing itself into a new form, 3DCG, pioneered by Aramaki and SOLA.  Netflix is touting it as a “next-generation animation film.”

Netflix this year has added such anime titles as Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden, Science SARU’s Devilman Crybaby and Aggretsuko, among others. The addition of the Ghost adds to a robust slate planned for 2019.

Ghost in the Shell has proved to be a durable franchise in several media incarnations. It was originally a Japanese manga that told of a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization in the mid-21st century. The concept then moved to several successful anime adaptations, including a film, television series, animated feature film and finally, a live action American film starring Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg heroine Major Motoko Kusanag released in 2017.

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