Just a week or so ago, action film fans were upset to discover that The Expendables 2 was going to arrive in theaters with a PG-13 rating – thanks, apparently, to Chuck Norris. Norris was unhappy with the vulgar language in the script and the idea that it would keep some audience members from seeing the film, so Stallone and company decided to go with the more family-friendly PG-13. Fans, expecting a hard R-rating and all the violence it ensures, are now convinced the film will be a compromised and somewhat restrained creation (Stallone says this is untrue, but we’ll have to wait and see).
This is hardly the first time in recent years that a film getting a PG-13 instead of an R rating has upset fans. It seems like a relatively new trend, but horror geeks were displeased when Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell premiered with the lower rating (and many skipped seeing it entirely, convinced it wouldn’t deliver the gory goods) and fans of the Terminator were also vocal in their displeasure when Salvation went for the more commercially viable PG-13.
Those concerned that the planned fifth Terminator film would also be stuck with the rating can now breathe easy. Megan Ellison, owner of Annapurna Pictures (the company producing the next installment), has taken to Twitter to tell everyone that the film will return to the series' R-rated roots. Here’s the exchange, with a Terminator fansite, courtesy of the guys at ComicBookMovie.
TheTerminatorFans.com : @meganeellison We hope you can bring this franchise back from the brink of PG-13 HELL!
Megan Ellison : @terminatorfans We can't really tell you guys anything about Terminator BUT it will be an R rated film as God and James Cameron intended.
Speaking of The Expendables 2, some enterprising photoshoppers have used their skills to show us just what a PG-13 version of the film might look like. If you were hoping for more Bieber and Barney the Dinosaur in your action flick, this should thrill you.
Check out a few of our favorites (as well as the new synopsis below) and then swing by JoBlo for the full gallery. Remember kids, stay in school.
Realizing that kids have a hard time sneaking into R-Rated flicks and that it costs the studio 2.5 trillion dollars when this happens, Barney (Stallone) and his crew meet at the treehouse where they are hired by Bruce Willis to collect his prized stolen GI Joe action figure collection, which was taken by a Belgian karate coach/toy collector (Van Dammage). After getting their permission slips signed they stage a raid at his dojo with Nerf guns, water balloons, and TV-14 swear words and break in to take back the action figures. There, they encounter a disgraced security guard (Schwarzenegger) who will stop at nothing to get a Turbo Man action…shit, wrong movie…who will stop at nothing to keep Barney and friends from getting the figures back. Also, since blood can only be shown in limited quantities (except INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, which was rated PG and they ripped f*cking hearts out!) they will save a shit-ton of cash in squibs.