The Ghost in the Shell franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement.
The original Ghost in the Shell movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 - 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on separate days of the engagement, beginning first with the subtitled version.
Viewed as ahead of its time when it premiered in 1995, Ghost in The Shell quickly turned into a pop culture phenomenon and the inspiration for future mainstream movies. The movie became the first anime film to rank #1 on Billboard in video sales, which currently total more than 1.5 million copies across the franchise. With the release of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie in 2016 and a new live action version of Ghost in the Shell set to release at the end of March, there has been a huge resurgence in fan interest for the franchise worldwide.
"We're excited to be partnering with Lionsgate to bring the original 'Ghost in the Shell' movie back to U.S. theaters," said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation.
"'Ghost in the Shell' is truly a seminal work in anime cinema and it helped firmly establish a market for the genre with U.S. movie audiences."
Lionsgate will be releasing a new, deluxe collector's edition of the remastered original on Blu-Ray with Digital HD. For more on the Ghost In The Shell celebration, click here.