What They Said: Jackman Talks 'Wolverine' Rating; Clearing up the 'Dredd' Drama

What They Said: Jackman Talks 'Wolverine' Rating; Clearing up the 'Dredd' Drama

Oct 11, 2011

Hugh Jackman as WolverineHugh Jackman may still be buzzing over the big weekend Real Steel had at the box office, but that hasn’t stopped the actor from talking about his highly anticipated return to the Wolverine franchise.

Jackman recently sat down with MTV, and the performer had some very interesting things to say about the potential rating of the new film – including a plan that might please fans across the board.

In the interview, Jackman acknowledges that there’s a very real temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine film. When asked if he thinks the new film can be darker and still keep the more lucrative (and kid-friendly) PG-13 rating, Jackman says “I think so. It is still a discussion because there’s such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that and I know a lot of fans would like that and I totally get it. If there’s ever gonna be a superhero who’s R-rated, it’s Wolverine.”

That said, Jackman goes on to make a compelling case for why the films work as PG-13 experiences.

“However, in the last ten years, I’ve also met many, many 12, 13, dare I say 10, 14, and 15 year olds, who for them Wolverine is not just cool -- you see it in their eyes that he’s everything to them.” With that in mind, Jackman says he and director James Mangold have talked about the topic and decided that an R-rated entry is not off the table. He goes on to add that “there’s even talk about us doing two versions, and finding a way to do both while you shoot it. That would be really cool. But (if you do only an R-rated version) you need to have a really good reason to exclude those (younger) fans.”

While an R-rated Wolverine would be really cool, we can understand the logic behind the PG-13. In a perfect world, they’ll shoot two versions of the film and everyone will be happy.

Someone who appeared to be very unhappy late last week was director Pete Travis. Recent reports have the filmmaker being fired from Dredd – a reboot of the Judge Dredd film franchise first launched by Sylvester Stallone.

Sources say Travis was removed from the project – which is in post-production – because of disagreements between the filmmaker and the producers. Writer Alex Garland has taken over the editing duties and rumors indicated he’d seek a co-director credit for his work on the film – a highly unusual move for someone who never actually shot a second of footage.

However, now Garland and Travis have released a statement putting those rumors to bed – in theory.

“During all stages of the filmmaking, Dredd has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties.  From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film.  This situation has been misinterpreted.  To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit.  We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when it’s released next year."

We hate to be cynical, but this reads like a typical PR statement. Unorthodox collaborations are fine, but if Garland is really overseeing the editing of the film without Travis’ involvement, this goes pretty far beyond “unorthodox.” Interestingly enough, the release never addresses that issue.

Regardless of what happens, one thing is clear – this is not a good sign for the Dredd relaunch. Clearly, there’s something going on behind the scenes, and that seems likely to affect the finished product. We’ll take a wait and see approach to this one, but news like this is always a cause for concern.

[via The LA Times]

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