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.
By Mike Bracken