TheCynicalIdealist wrote:Its not that a live action remake can't be done it just can't be done by soulless Hollywood.
Sure it can. The problem is that with very few exceptions, the best way to do something like that is by respecting the source material and not turning it into something it isn't. The problem is Ghost in the Shell isn't meant to be a summer blockbuster action extravaganza, but that's almost certainly what it's going to be turned into, and that's why it's going to be terrible. If they kept it mostly true to the original then it'd probably be at least decent, but the problem is that since a live-action version that was true to the original would only appeal mostly to anime nerds, they have to broaden its appeal to a wider audience to maximize their chances of getting a profit, and that means explosions and shootouts and crazy fights.
And the other problem is that the only reason they really need to maximize their chances of profit is because of putting Scarlett Johansson in it. She doesn't come cheap I'm sure, but they don't have much choice. It's less a matter of Hollywood being soulless and more a problem of America in general falling prey to racism so much that an Asian woman being the main character would be seen as a negative as far as being able to get people interested. But hey, an attractive white woman, that'll get interest up! It's shameful, and it's not the first time Hollywood has decided "Who better to play a minority than white people?" That was the point of the whole outcry over The Last Airbender! Tropic Thunder even parodied it by having Robert Downey Jr. playing a white Australian portraying a black man!
But yeah enough ranting about that, basically the problem is that it's not so much that Hollywood is incapable of doing it, it's that they specifically choose not to because they want to make a ton of money, even though they probably won't, and the only reason they won't is because it will cost them more to make the movie that they think will get them the biggest profit.