Back in 1989, a young Masamune Shirow was advised to rename his seinen manga from 'Ghost in the Shell' to 'Kōkaku Kidōtai' in order for it to be published by Young Magazine. Even though 'Mobile armoured riot police' wasn't as catchy as Shirow's original title, the series was soon picked up by Kodansha to be published as it's own series.
Thus had began the journey towards a cult following like no other, inspiring subsequent movies and TV shows, several more manga instalments and games, and also influencing one of the biggest Hollywood trilogies of all time.
Most of the fans, who are part of this following, will be connected through their love of the 1995 film directed by the now legendary Mamoru Oshii, who so beautifully brought Section 9 and the future that they inhabit to the silver screen, and most importantly, brought to life the indisputably brilliant Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Unfortunately for fans, who have been expecting a live action version of the movie for some time now, all of these hurdle have been scraped over with a foot and wobbled a bit. With information regarding casting and directing already available, it already looks like this film will fall pitifully short of the cinematic brilliance it deserves.