Hey, remember when Terminator movies were Rated-R? Shut up nerd! This is the real world, and in the real world, when you splurge hundreds of millions on a franchise, you buttress your investment by going for the widest possible return, and that means collecting movie tickets from teens wanting to see the movie rather than making them sneak in without an adult. Or to put it another way: Ca-ching! One might have hoped that the team behind Terminator: Genisys might have seen the light, and the failure, after Terminator: Salvation, but nope, they’re doubling down on watering down. Get ready gang, because Genisys is going to be Rated-Arr. You know, since we’re screwing with the Inglash Langwedge.
Via The Arnold Fans website, Jai Courtney, who plays Kyle Reese in the new film, mentioned off-handedly that it was his understanding that Genisys would come out of the Motion Picture Association of America‘s rating review process with a moderate PG-13. “I would love to see it be rated R, but I don’t think it will,” the actor said. “I think in this day and age, it’s much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there’ll be a healthy amount of movie violence.”
Cultural observers will note that the MPAA has much less a problem with violence than it does with swearing and, heaven forbid, sex. Combined with the fact that over the last 10 years we’ve seen an enormous shift in Hollywood product to move away from R-rated fare, especially in the case of bug-budget movies were producers are trying to recoup the costs of huge budgets and huge marketing. Unless we’re talking about a low-budget horror movie or art house movie, you’re more or less talking about PG-13.
Of course, being PG-13 didn’t help Salvation, or the recent Robocop remake. I would argue that the goal of getting a more inclusive rating requires a degree of sterility in the filmmaking, which results in the feeling that there’s no real stakes, or real danger for the characters. The consequences don’t feel as severe. That’s not to say that a PG-13 rating can’t be impactful, but Terminator and Robocop both originated as hard R movies. They also originated as projects, frankly, that their funders didn’t look at as money-makers for the long term over 10 or 20 years. Perhaps Hollywood should be less worried about the bottom line and more concerned about the quality of the product they’re selling, but that’s an old argument now.
In other news, Courtney sort of confirmed that this will be franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s final outing in the series. True, his “cameo” in Salvation came with much digital rendering assistance, but still, it’s the end of an era. “Hard to imagine a Terminator film without Arnold,” Courtney said. “I guess we start filming – I think the plan is do the next 2 back to back in 2016.”
Well that’s highly optimistic since this is the third attempt to start a Terminator trilogy. Anyway…
Terminator: Genisys will be in theaters everywhere July 1.
Source: Comic Book Movie