The non-restrictive PG-13 Rating has demonstrated itself to be a profitable one with respect to a film’s box office prospects. It’s partially for that reason that The Weinstein Company has been planning to release a PG-13 version of The King’s Speech in theaters – and definitely the reason why Summit Entertainment’s Breaking Dawn is angling for a PG-13 Rating.
Today brings the news that newly minted Best Picture Oscar winner King’s Speech will be released in PG-13 form. Meanwhile, Twilight star Robert Pattinson says he’s genuinely curious as to how director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg are going to avoid delivering two Breaking Dawn films that are not R-Rated.
The King’s Speech collected a total of four Oscars at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and has grossed over $359 million worldwide in theaters, including around $133 million in the U.S. It’s fair then to say that the decision to release a PG-13 version of the film – one that excludes a scene in which King George VI (Colin Firth) swears multiple times as part of a training exercise – isn’t entirely motivated by financial interests.
Here’s what the Weinstein Company had to say on the matter, in an official press release:
The emotional impact of stuttering that was illuminated by THE KING’S SPEECH continues to be a topic of conversation with the recent statements by Vice President Joseph Biden about his own struggles with stammering. The release of THE KING’S SPEECH PG-13 offers families nationwide access to a positive story about stuttering and overcoming obstacles and social stigmas.
In other news, Robert Pattinson spoke to EW about the final two films in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – and, as anyone who’s read the original novel can tell you, he’s got a solid reason to wonder how the movie adaptations are going to sneak by with only a PG-13 Rating.
Here’s how he put it:
“I just can’t see how it’s going to be PG-13 … unless they cut everything out… There’s some interesting and weird stuff going on — really very, very, very strange. It’s great. For a big, mainstream movie, it’s the most obscure storyline and really outside the box. It’s a horror movie.”
Rosenberg has stated before that the more graphic material in Breaking Dawn will occur off-screen or be alluded to in a non-explicit manner. Given what a cash cow the Twilight series is for Summit, this low-risk approach comes as no surprise. The tween fan crowd should be fine with it, since an R-Rating would prevent them from openly seeing the movies in theaters… truth be told, it’s highly doubtful that anyone is strongly against the idea.
The PG-13 version of The King’s Speech will be released next week on April 1st (not fooling around), while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hits theaters later this year on November 18th.
Do you have strong feelings about either film not being Rated R?