June 15, 2024

“Wolverine 3” Looking at R Rating

Well, the floodgates have opened. After the success of the R rated Deadpool, 20th Century Fox is looking to make the last installment of the solo Wolverine films R rated. Ironically, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn just warned us this happen. In a Facebook post recently, he had this to say about Deadpool:

“The film has a self-deprecating tone that’s riotous. It’s never been done before. It’s poking fun at Marvel. That label takes itself so seriously, can you imagine them making fun of themselves in a movie? They’d rather stab themselves.”

That’s a quote from Deadline Hollywood, attributing it to a Hollywood “suit.” I love Deadline and get a lot of my film business news from them. And I love Deadpool even more – the film is hilariously funny, has lots of heart, and is exactly what we need right now, taking true risks in spectacle film – but COME THE FUCK ON. That’s no reason to rewrite history. This quote has to have been said by the dumbest fucking Hollywood exec in the history of dumb fucking Hollywood execs.

Let’s ignore Guardians for a moment, a movie that survives from moment to moment building itself up and cutting itself down – God knows I’m biased about that one. But what do you think Favreau and Downey did in Iron Man? What the fuck was Ant-Man??!

Come on, Deadline.

After every movie smashes records people here in Hollywood love to throw out the definitive reasons why the movie was a hit. I saw it happen with Guardians. It “wasn’t afraid to be fun” or it “was colorful and funny” etc etc etc. And next thing I know I hear of a hundred film projects being set up “like Guardians,” and I start seeing dozens of trailers exactly like the Guardians trailer with a big pop song and a bunch of quips. Ugh.

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Deadpool wasn’t that. Deadpool was its own thing. THAT’S what people are reacting to. It’s original, it’s damn good, it was made with love by the filmmakers, and it wasn’t afraid to take risks.

For the theatrical experience to survive, spectacle films need to expand their definition of what they can be. They need to be unique and true voices of the filmmakers behind them. They can’t just be copying what came before them.

So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” – but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do.

But hopefully in the midst of all this there will be a studio or two that will take the right lesson from this – like Fox did with Guardians by green-lighting Deadpool – and say – “Boy, maybe we can give them something they don’t already have.”

And that’s who is going to succeed.

Have a great day.

So, here is is, less than a week out from Deadpool‘s release, and the studio wants to go back to the well again. In their defense, the Wolverine we’ve seen so far has never been quite as intense as he should have been. Even looking back on his “berseker” rage in X2, it’s still pretty mild. So maybe Deadpool just gave the studio the confidence to actually do the character justice. At the same time, despite the Wolverine movies being a bit more mature in theme than the X-Men films, they were still marketed at a PG-13 demo. So now suddenly a kid can’t watch the final film in a franchise until he’s older?  Why not let Hugh Jackman finish out the series in a PG-13 film, a reboot an R rated version? We’ll find out more closer to the March 17, 2017 release date.

[Source: ComicBook.com]

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