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Soon a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson!
Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.
Story Locale: Tokyo
Series Overview: Following World Wars III and IV a Japanese-led Asian block dominates the world. A key element in the maintenance of the block’s position is the elite Japanese security police, the SHELL task force. To give them an edge in their ruthless battles against terrorist groups, most of the force have had extensive cybernetic transplants that have left them only questionably human. This is an exciting and skillful work that realistically probes uses of artificial intelligence and “direct interfacing” with machines, and which questions where mankind’s technological and medical progress will lead.
Major Hollywood film adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson coming March 31, 2017!
Since its debut in 1989, The Ghost in the Shell has been one of the most acclaimed and popular manga in the world.
Considered a classic of the cyberpunk genre held up next to William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
Adapted into two seminal anime films by the now-legendary director Mamoru Oshii in 1995 and 2003.
Marketing: Social media and print marketing to tie into the film release and appeal to fans.
Publicity: Major publicity for the Hollywood film, including likely a massive panel at New York Comic Con in October, followed by national ad campaigns.
Spotlight title at convention panels and in online publicity.
Likely candidate for original tribute content by prominent American creators.
“Starred review. Masamune’s b&w drawings are dynamic and beautifully gestural; he vividly renders the awesome urban landscape of a futuristic, supertechnological Japan.” - Publishers Weekly
“’Ghost in the Shell’ is one of my favorite stories.” - Steven Spielberg
“A stunning work of speculative fiction.” -James Cameron