Just a general pro-tip to people who are trying to promote anything even remotely semi-controversial: don’t let the internet enter whatever text they want into it. You see, Paramount recently launched a site called “I Am Major” in promotion of their upcoming live action remake of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson. The tool lets users type whatever they want (starting with the words “I Am”) over an image of their choice, with the film’s “I Am Major” slogan and the film’s logo appearing at the beginning.
As the casting of Johansson (a white woman) in a role like the traditionally Japanese character of the Major has caused a bit of an uproar, you can probably guess what happened once the general public got ahold of the site.
To say we aren’t exactly jazzed about the white-washed Ghost in the Shell live action adaptation would be an understatement. I could go on, or you could just dig through our coverage of this train wreck. Today we got a new trailer for the film, and… well… it’s totally that?
Not really a lot to say I guess.
I mean, the film remains as problematic as ever, and the visuals are cribbed straight from the 90s anime film adaptation of the series. It remains visually stunning, and it looks like there’s an interesting plot. But with Scarlett Johansson (who for the record we normally love as an action star) playing The Major, we just can’t get excited for this.
Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.
That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss The Inhumans hitting the small screen, Hayao Miyazaki coming out of retirement (again), react to the American Ghost in the Shell trailer, consider the new series Neil Gaiman is developing for Fox, and put our heads together about the possibility of a Snowpiercer television series. We also talk about what a disaster Rewind Con apparently turned out being, and Nick went to Daisho Con.
Also, Pher has a very important announcement about his future at Nerd & Tie. It’s a big deal.
Look, we’ve been pretty clear throughout our coverage that we’re not all that excited about the Scarlett Johansson led, live action version of Ghost in the Shell that’s coming next year. It’s a distinctly Japanese property, and making the Major a white person is emblematic of a lot of the ridiculous racism inherent in Hollywood. But, as there is now a new trailer for the film, here I am writing about the damned thing again.
Visually the trailer mimics a lot of the shots from the 1995 animated film adaptation, but it’s clear that in many ways that’s not where the plot’s primary cues are coming from. If the lead wasn’t a white person, I’d probably get excited about it.
Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.
On this episode, recorded live at the first Nerd & Tie Expo, we mourn the loss of C. Martin Crocker, celebrate Tatiana Maslany’s Emmy win, stare blankly at the live action Ghost in the Shell teasers, discuss Peter Capaldi appearing on the upcoming Doctor Who spin off Class, consider the Black Lightning pilot ordered by Fox, and lament the delay of Star Trek: Discovery to next May.
We also do mailbag, respond to the audience, and Nick says something really weird in front of Voice Actress Tiffany Grant.
So we here at Nerd & Tie haven’t exactly been excited for the American Produced Ghost in the Shell movie. But we finally got our first five teasers. So here they are…
So yeah, some scenes out of context… and an uncomfortable reminder of just how white-washed this film is. I’m not sure what I make of this. Like is this supposed to generate buzz? What was the point of #4 anyway.
Anyway, the American Live Action Ghost in the Shell is coming in 2017, whether we want it or not.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the (now confirmed) Supergirl/The Flash crossover, Grand Admiral Thrawn’s possible return to Star Wars canon, Captain Phasma’s definite return in Star Wars Episode VIII, the fact that the American Ghost in the Shell adaptation is still happening, and Star Trek‘s newly announced 50th anniversary convention.
By the way — Nick’s on camera and everything this episode!
Guys, I know that we haven’t talked about for a while, but that terrible live action remake of the very Japanese Ghost in the Shell starring a bunch of white people is still happening. I know we all tried to forget about it, but it’s still going forward.
The latest news on this atrocity is that the Scarlett Johansson led film is moving studios — from Disney to Paramount.
I don’t know the film industry well enough to know whether this is good or bad for the film, but I know it is a thing that has happened. I hope it’s a bad thing, because as much as I love Scarlett Johansson, she should not be playing the Major.
Right now Ghost in the Shell is scheduled to come out March 31, 2017.
On this installment of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Daredevil getting a release date, Ant-Man’s teaser trailer, the Amazing Spider-Man 3 rumors, the Batman v Superman two movie baloney, both Arrowverse shows getting renewed, Vixen coming to CW Seed, Scarlett Johansson’s casting in Ghost in the Shell, and Masters of the Universe getting a new script.
We also talk about Nick’s experiences at Evercon this weekend, along with Nezumi Con getting absorbed into Anime Milwaukee’s parent organization.