19:33 - Mr. Doctor It definitely makes it easier for people outside anime culture (because anime is not as big in western culture as some think it is). Also more approachable. GITS aint really easy-going.
19:28 - musclassia Also, they have an interesting story that's proven popular elsewhere that they can expose to audiences naive to GitS, instead of having to come up with a completely original story that's good and well-received
19:15 - Marcus I think part of it is to expose GitS to a Western audience, and it's way easier to do thing through a live-action movie than through another anime entry (anime wide releases tend to do terribly in the US)