Paramount Pictures  Dreamworks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment

Paramount Pictures Dreamworks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment

New Zealand, official location partner of Ghost in the Shell

We needed an urban environment. We needed a futuristic setting. And we were able to get that in Wellington, New Zealand. I’ve worked in a lot of cities. I don’t know if I have ever been able to pull off this much of a lockdown before and it’s allowed us to be really flexible, really ambitious.”

Ari Arad - Producer

Wellington's Urban Transformation

New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, was transformed into a futuristic Hong Kong for Ghost in the Shell.

The sci-fi film shot in Wellington follows the Major, a special-op, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid who leads the elite task force Section 9, devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano.  The production used Wellington's world-class production facilities Stone Street Studios, Avalon Studios and Weta Workshop, and urban Wellington doubled as Hong Kong.

Weta Workshop

The creative talent of Wellington's Weta Workshop was put to good use creating the futuristic look and feel of Ghost in the Shell's unique world.

Costume Design

Ghost in the Shell's costume design was influenced heavily by New Zealand's fashion design industry.

On Location

On Location in Wellington

There are numerous reasons why Wellington was chosen to be the location for Ghost in the Shell - crew, infrastructure, studios and more!

Behind the Scenes

Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson as Major:  A human, saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to become a perfect soldier, devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.   As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her, and stop them before they do it to others.

Ghost in the Shell Official Trailer

The official trailer for Ghost in the Shell was launched during the 2017 Superbowl.

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