The Hollywood adaptation of the sci-fi classic Ghost in the Shell will hit theatres on March 31, 2017. Executive producer Michael Costigan says that the upcoming live-action will be faithful to the manga. Although, producer Avi Arad says that they will pick and choose what elements they’ll include from the source manga or the previous TV and film adaptations.

In an interview for, Arad sheds light on the movie’s plot:

“It involves Kuze. The Kuze story. The big thing we are doing here is that we’re not necessarily doing an origins backstory, but we are addressing her sense of self and resolving how she defines herself in terms of memories. That’s one of the main thrusts in the story. Inspired by that episode of Affection in Second Gig. It’s bits and pieces of those mixed together.”

“Kuze” refers to the main antagonist in the Ghost in the Shell TV series “Stand Alone Complex: Second Gig”. In that show, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 battle with Kuze and terrorist syndicate, the Individual Eleven.

For the upcoming film, AsiaStarz adds that Motoko Kusanagi will simply be called “The Major”, given that the Hollywood adaptation’s lead star is Scarlett Johansson.

The film shies away from the Puppetmaster and Laughing Man stories and will focus on The Major. The Major is a human-cyborg hybrid who leads an elite task force dedicated to capturing the fiercest of criminals. Through her character, Ghost in the Shell will explore questions about technology, reality, memory, and existence.

As for what else to expect in the movie, Arad adds that the villains in the film will be those abusing technology, stealing identities and hacking brains. “Ghost hacking is a big storyline in the movie and in some ways we take it even further. This idea of if someone could change your memories, what would that do to your sense of self?” —via

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Directed by Rupert Sanders, Ghost in the Shell also features international superstars Takeshi Kitano, Rila Fukushima, Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.