Plus, find never-before-seen interior spreads of the book

By Dan Heching
March 22, 2017 at 11:16 AM EDT

The original Ghost in the Shell manga is known for its beautiful and haunting visuals. The urban landscapes, robotic/humanoid characters, and muted color palette mixed to create a unique, melancholy ambiance that serves as the basis for Paramount’s controversial big budget adaptation out next week starring Scarlett Johansson.

Leading up to that release, Insight Editions has published an account of how the look of Ghost in the Shell was translated into live action on the big screen. Watch the exclusive book trailer for The Art of Ghost in the Shell above and find never-before-seen interior spreads of the book below.

The Art of Ghost in the Shell is available now. No word if the book addresses accusations of the film’s whitewashing, but the project came under fire from the moment Johansson was cast as The Major, a character with Japanese roots in the source material.

Johansson recently addressed the controversy in an interview with Marie Claire: “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person,” she said. “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”

“Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” she continued. “Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that — the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”

  • Movie
  • PG-13
release date
  • 03/31/17
  • 107 minutes
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