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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I suppose it’s Ghost in the Shell day over on Paramount’s Twitter account, as the studio has released a few cool things for fans to salivate over, starting with the anime-inspired poster.

As many fans know, the upcoming film, starring Scarlett Johansson, is based on the manga of the same name, written and drawn by artist Masamune Shirow. In 1995, the manga was brought to life in the cult hit anime film from director Mamoru Oshii. It’s this film that most fans grew up knowing, and it’s likely because of this movie that the new live-action flick is being made at all. While, yes, plenty of changes will be made from the source material and the original film, but who’s to say they’ve forgotten their roots?

Have a look at the anime and manga-inspired poster below!

In addition to the still poster, the studio has also released a new motion poster, teasing the whole plot revolving around Major’s “stolen life.” This is a subplot that didn’t exist in the anime, nor did it exist in the original manga, the successive anime series, or film sequels. Regardless, this movie seems to really be mining for the sci-fi question of what is lost when one goes cyborg, and I can say that the said message does fit into the general themes of the original movie.

Finally, if you’re a huge fan of the original anime, and want to check it out in theaters before the release of the new live-action one, here’s one more incentive. As revealed in a new video, those who attend specific screenings in the UK will also have a chance to check out exclusive footage. It’s unclear if this will be behind-the-scenes footage, a new trailer, or a clip from the movie, but if you’re a fan, be sure to grab your ticket!

Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31, 2017!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.