Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Marvel Won't Make "R"

In a not-so-surprising move, Marvel Studios announced that they will no longer be making R-rated films.

At first, I thought this was kind of stupid. While it makes great business sense (PG-13 ratings most of the time generate wider audiences, and therefore more money), it just threw me off that they wouldn't even consider the future of making more movies like The Punisher and Blade that NEED an R-rating for it to work. Those titles are so dark and violent that watering them down to PG-13 would be a crime.

But after a little digging, I found that Marvel exec Peter Cuneo said that the studio would make R-rated films IF the studio partnered with an outside studio for that particular instance. I guess this leaves them an "out" in case they decide that they need to kick it up a notch, but don't be surprised if you don't see another R-rated movie from Marvel Studios in the next five years.

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