A lot has already been said about the upcoming live-action remake of “Ghost in the Shell” in terms of it’s controversial casting, but there’s undeniably a lot of great talent involved at all levels. And at a fan event over the weekend, director Rupert Sanders announced that Clint Mansell would be joining the team, and scoring the film.
A frequent collaborator of director Darren Aronofsky, Mansell is a veteran composer who has worked on such films as “Black Swan,” “Noah,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and most recently, an episode of “Black Mirror.” “Ghost in the Shell” is the highly anticipated remake of the Japanese anime classic that tells the story of a security agency known as Section 9 as they track down a mysterious hacker, who may be part of a much larger conspiracy. Directed by Sanders, the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche and Michael Pitt.
Generally speaking, Mansell hasn’t really done this kind of blockbuster before, so it’ll fascinating new territory for the composer. And it’s yet another move by the filmmakers to bring an unexpected element to the remake, and it show they’re really trying to push the envelope as far as they can in a four-quadrant context with this material.
“Ghost in the Shell” will be released March 31, 2017. [Film Music Reporter]