10 Upcoming Movie Remakes You Should Be More Annoyed About Than Ghostbusters

7. Ghost In The Shell

Power Rangers Ghostbusters
Paramount Pictures

Out of any film on this list, Ghost In The Shell is the film that's most likely to actually court controversy that is in someway comparable with Ghostbusters, although the reasonings are so totally different that the latter just seems petty; whereas with Ghostbusters it's a bunch of people acting as if the notion of a less-than-brilliant film is brand new to them, here it ties into the implicit ideas in the film.

Live-action adaptations of beloved anime are hardly a new thing, but few can make a dent in the domestic market (look at the minimal impact made by Attack On Titan last year). To counteract this, we get Asian characters recast as Americans. The financial logic is there, but the way Dragonball, The Last Airbender et al are regarded tells you everything you need to know. And that brings us to Scarlett Johansson, who is playing The Major formerly known as Kusanagi; no matter her performance's quality, it's a highly prolific case of white-washing.

But even if we put that aside, there is still the fan argument: Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy aren't replacing Bill Murry and Dan Aykroyd - this is quite clearly a new take - whereas Ghost is a proper do-over for a new audience. It's slight, but definitely a more affronting case.


Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.