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First Footage Released from New Ghost In The Shell Movie

While the proposed live-action Ghost In the Shell movie may or may not ever see the light of day, fans of the franchise are still being catered for in the animated medium. Following the release of the recent four-part prequel series Arise, the series is heading back to the big screen once more. The new movie, due to open in Japan this summer is being made to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of the original manga. The exact nature of the film is not yet clear, but it does not appear to be a continuation of Arise, the TV series incarnation Stand Alone Complex or the original movies. Instead, it looks like it's going to be yet another fresh take on the franchise. Going by the title of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, the producers have released the first teaser which you can see below.

While many fans would like to see a continuation of one of the earlier versions than a reboot, another theatrical outing for Masamune Shirow's cyberpunk behemoth is cause for celebration. Also remember that it's early days yet, and we still don't know how it may or may not tie in to previous incarnations. Visually at least, it looks closer to Mamoru Oshii's original 1995 cinematic offering than anything else. No Western release is confirmed yet, more details as we get them.

Translation [via ANN]: Text: The legendary science-fiction work that caused a revolution around the world.
Text: Original Work - Masamune Shirow
Text: A work in celebration of 25 years
Text: The awakened ghost whispers...
Text: Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Text: Opens in early summer 2015