I saw the original anime on a cinema re-release a couple of months ago and the live action remake on Tuesday. I liked the remake a lot - lots of resonances with Blade Runner
and Mega City 1, I felt - and found it a lot easier to understand and follow than I had either the anime or the manga. Which, yes, means it's been 'dumbed down' for the multiplex audience and that might offend the purists but if you want a mainstream hit then sometimes you have to sweeten the pill.
The thing is I feel that GitS
, like Dredd
, has a hardcore but pretty niche audience that on its own isn't big enough to support a multi-million dollar franchise so you need something else rather than brand recognition to bring in the aforementioned multiplex audience. If Scarlett Johanssan running around, to all extents and purposes, essentially naked for two hours isn't enough of a USP then you've got bigger problems than what you put on your posters.
I'm going to suggest that making GitS
a 12A rather than a 15 (like the anime) or an R/18 probably won't end up being seen as an asset. Although making Dredd
an 18 didn't work for it either so perhaps the problem is more that niche products only appeal to niche audiences.