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On Sunday, Paramount Pictures finally released the first trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the legendary manga/anime “Ghost in the Shell”, and never have the opinions been so mixed.

While some fans rejected the idea of Scarlett Johansson playing the iconic Major character and accused the director for not sticking close to the source material, others were quite blown away with how the trailer looks in regard to CGI and the graphics.

However, even though the comments that flooded the Internet are mostly saying that the trailer looks disappointing and that the movie is drifting too far away from the tone of the original, there are actually many a similarity with the original 1995 animation.

Close To The Source Material With Some Alterations

The thing is that we already knew it was going to be like this. The director, Rupert Sanders, has mentioned before how he plans to do both – stick closely to the original, but will also make a few changes in order to add that unique touch to the whole thing.

As polygon.com noticed, there are in fact quite a few frame to frame similarities: “In the first two minutes of the new movie, the scene where Major Kusanagi’s robot body is created is almost an exact replica of the 1995 animated film”.

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Scarlett As The Main Issue

Perhaps the biggest problem that fans are complaining about is the main star, Scarlett Johansson. True fans just couldn’t get over her toned-down body suit that she wears as the Major.

In the original 1995 movie, Major’s body suit is far more explicit and the fans are furious with Sanders for taking it down a few notches, but the thing is that it probably wasn’t his fault. He had to do it due to Hollywood standards.

Ah, the everlasting problem with the nude aspects in Hollywood.

“Ghost in the Shell” live-action remake is scheduled to hit theaters on March 31, 2017.