Every time I hear something new about Terminator 4, I change my mind about the film.
McG = Bad
Christian Bale = Good
No Arnold Schwarzenegger = Bad
Paul Haggis scripting = Good
PG-13 rating = Bad
Some days it's good news, other days it's bad. This movie is making me schizophrenic.
Today is a bad day. It has been announced that Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will be rated... PG-13. This will be the first time that a film in the franchise hasn't had an R rating.
Money, of course!
Derek Anderson head of Halcyon Co. says:
"Our merchandising program will be the largest to date for The Terminator. We won't force it. We are carrying on in the tradition of the mythology, with an exciting approach to the action. If we can make a compelling film to reach the widest audience, why wouldn't we do it?"
What does that really mean?
They want the teenage dollar.
After the large boxoffice "kerching" of Live Free or Die Hard (or as it was known here in the UK - Die Hard 4.0) after it scored over $380 million with a PG-13 rating, it seems that Halcyon feels they don't need the graphic rating that drove the first three films in the franchise to a $1 billion worldwide gross.
Halcyon wants video games, action figures and different tie-ins when the film is released next May.
I say - didn't they have all these things back in 1991 when Terminator 2 was released?
You bet your ass they did. I still have the video game, the board-game, the action figures and the collectors cards!
I feel that it's just another way of covering all bets with these big budget films, and to make matters worse, they didn't even discuss the possible rating with Warner Bros, the film's domestic distributor.
While Christopher Nolan seems to be pushing the edges of PG-13 with the new Batman, I don't think that McG has the same hard edge. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd place my bets on the man behind Memento, The Prestige, Insomnia and Batman Begins before the dude behind Charlie's Angels any day.
Time will tell, but seeing as the film started production today, we should be seeing some on set snaps pretty soon.
Pray people, that one of the greatest Sci-Fi franchises isn't cheapened further.
Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins opens on May 22, 2009.