However, it does not matter what is done, the last failure is Ghost in the Shell, production lured the best-paid actress -Scarlett Johansson- to take the main role, and it barely make a profit.
In contrast, Captain America: Civil War, was able to gain more than one billion dollars.
In addition, this is not the only manga adaptation that has suffered. Oldboy, from filmmaker Spike Lee was a total bust; it only obtained 5 million dollars in theaters with a loss of 20 million.
This fail attempt was a remake from a cult film by Parl Chan-Wook.
Moreover, if you talk about unsuccessful films, maybe you heard about Dragon Ball Evolution, a 2009 film that dared to adapt the best-known manga histories in the US, and simply destroyed it.
Ghost in the Shell has a complex story behind, and you cannot show everything in a two-hour movie. In addition, if you add that director Rupert Sanders is not a fan of manga nor anime; the results as a whole were expected.
Knowledge is key, and if producers, directors and consumers outside Japan are not aware of the characters and stories, do not expect a good movie soon.
More manga adaptations on the works
- Death Note. Netflix will premiere its version in August 2017.
- Alita: Battle Angel. Robert Rodriguez is the director.
- Akira. Jordan Peele or Daniel Espinosa could direct.