Ghost in the Shell is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Shirow Masamune .
Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures' Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson as the Major. It is directed by Rupert Sanders, and the screenplay is by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger and also stars Japanese A-lister "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence), French actress Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat), and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones, Lucy).
The movie was shot in Wellington, New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.
Set in the near future, Ghost in the Shell tells the story of the Major (Scarlett Johansson) a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.
As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, The Ghost in the Shell.