The 1995 anime classic, Ghost in the Shell received an “R” rating when it was first released in the United States. Beyond some of the usual triggers which typically warrant such a rating, the general bleak and existential nature of the story make it one that would be difficult to imagine in the format of a mainstream “PG-13” blockbuster. But DreamWorks has a lot riding on the film’s big budget remake, which is due in theaters on March 31st. After much speculation, it has been officially revealed that the MPAA has rated Ghost in the Shell (2017) “PG-13” for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images.”
Kong: Skull Island was crowned box office champ this weekend with an estimated $61 million dollars over the March 10th-12th frame.
The total is a strong one for March, and would have been higher if not for the strong competition from last week’s winner Logan (which is currently over $152 million dollars after two weeks of release) and the critically acclaimed Get Out. Logan made $37,850,00 in second place and Get Out came in third with a total of $21,072,600 in its third week of release. Get Out also added 205 screens this weekend, quite a feat when you consider how many new releases are scheduled for March this year (and the success of the film probably accounts for the Belko Experiment’s recent screen count drop a week away from its debut to only 1,200 screens.) At this rate, Get Out is almost certain to unseat Split as the number one horror hit of the year so far, with a current gross of $111 million and counting. read more
After months and months of being very secretive, Paramount Pictures have released the first full length official trailer for 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Feel free to watch it on repeat below:
If the trailer is any indication, the world of this adaption of the classic anime film is looking like it could be the most detailed and complex futuristic landscape since Blade Runner. It also appears that many of the creepy elements that made the original so popular will be realized on the big screen. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for all upcoming news and a review when the film comes to theaters on March 31, 2017. read more