As part of the 25th anniversary of the franchise, Production I.G. is releasing a new Ghost in the Shell film on June 20th in Japan. The film is a continuation of the recent Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA series that ran for four episodes from 2013 to 2014. Arise is prequel of sorts, depicting the events that lead to the formation of Section 9 and the early days of Motoko Kusanagi after her wartime duties. Arise was directed by Kazuchika Kise, who also designed the characters. Kise and the rest of the staff are returning for the new film. Similar to the Stand Alone Complex television series and the earlier films, Arise largely exists in its own timeline despite having references to the previous adaptations and the original manga.
Arise and the new film feature a completely different voice cast from the previous adaptations, with the biggest change being Maaya Sakamoto providing the new voice for the Major, replacing Atsuko Tanaka, Despite being a big Sakamoto fan, it has been quite difficult getting used to the absence of Tanaka as Motoko.
To build up to the new film, Arise is being broadcast on Japanese television with the lengthy title of Ghost in the Shell: Arise – Alternative Architecture. The television broadcast will feature new episodes to lead into the story of the film.
I am including an earlier teaser for the new film which features a cool retrospective on all the previous Ghost in the Shell adaptations over the years for the 25th anniversary below.