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Punisher: War Zone rating rumour row

ThePunisher.jpgWhat's going on now? It seems that after hearing the rumours of Lexi Alexander off of the Punisher film Punisher: War Zone, of Lionsgate messing with it, and then that the studio are re-cutting it to a PG-13.

The latest inside source rumour is that the PG-13 rating call is rubbish and that the studio are still going for an R rating.

This is getting really confusing now, and all the trauma occurring around the film is tainting it already. The whole Lexi Alexander off and on business could have been handled, much, much better than it was, the PR machine really isn't working well on this one.

There is a bit of a feeling that they're sitting back and watching what the reactions are to stories about the film and then decided what to do from there, it does seem as though the studio is making a bit of a mess of this. If any of it is true.

There's a reason I hate rumours on the Interflab websites, and that's because so many of them are complete rubbish and fabrication, and when someone says the word "source" they're covered and can say whatever they want, truth or not, and how can you possibly comment against that? Well if you have your own "source" then it's easy.

I'm not saying that this is the case here, not at all, but it's a common practice to find two sources on the opposite side of a story and see them argue back and forth. It's a difficult thing to chose the reliable ones out of the rubbish though.

Then there's the fact that sites can be so easily duped by an email from a "source" on the production, often making it as difficult as possible to trace who they are.

So there's definitely no getting at the sites involved, it's just so difficult as a reader and audience member to discern what's going on.

The latest story from Film School Rejects counters the previous story about the PG-13 rating for Punisher: War Zone the studio are chasing and says that the film is going to be an R rating, and it says that their source, which is the right source, says it's rubbish.

However the guys have some good thoughts to back that up, and actually the thing that gets me most is the footage shown at Comic-Con. If all rumours are to be believed then Lexi Alexander was off the project at that point and the producers were still talking hard arsed R ratings.

Also the footage shown was all pretty damn violent and bloody, no holds barred, and that was supposed to be the first Lionsgate "produced" footage seen.

Of course the rumours are now that Alexander wasn't off the project, and that...blah, blah, blah. It's all back and forth rumours, where the hell is Lionsgate publicity department to sort it all out?

Taking those points into consideration it is fair to think that this would be an R rated film, however that just means that the individual scenes will have a lot of violence, death and swearing. It doesn't mean that it's going to be a good film by any means.



I found this post over on the RAW Entertainment message board. Oh was I THRILLED to see it. It's from Steve Gainer, cinematographer for Punisher: War Zone for those of you who don't know. And I know for a fact that this post is legit.

Steve, this is the post that people from Lion's Gate SHOULD have made but didn't. THANK YOU, Steve. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Holy smokes, I go away and shoot some kids stuff for Disney, and the whole world is a different color when I return. Again I appear here to dispel rumors. Please believe:

Lexi is not off the film

Lexi is still involved in the edit process

The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13

Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes

Lexi did in fact get married

Lexi is an incredibly talented director, and this film kicks major ass, as will be proven when it is released IN THEATRES DECEMBER 5th

The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain

This film has been difficult from the begining, from a bitter Canadian winter, to endless nights, to rampant sickness, Lexi has fought to make a killer Punisher film for fans and non fans alike.

Initially we were to release in September, but for whatever reason (not the quality of the film or edit IMHO) it was decided to release in December. That extra time has given everyone a chance to put their two cents worth in, but rest assured, Lexi is still stearing the boat, and she is a great captain.

When I hear vicious unfounded troll rumors like the "film was unwatchable" or "a total mess" it makes my blood boil. I want to punish the corrupt. People sit on their fat asses trolling the internet, people that have never even looked through a motion picture camera, and make judgements on a work of art that they've never seen, it's like saying a baby will be ugly before it is born, I can't freaking wait for this film to come out and prove the nay-sayers wrong.

Sorry for the rant, I just love something wonderful you have yet to see-


http://rawstudios.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=55&st=2060& amp; amp;gopid=12162&#entry12162 (Post #2062)

Thanks for that Nomad, to clear up any confusion can you clarify how you know this is real? It does sound it, but a confirmable source for the quashing of all these rumours would be great.

As for the comments there, they are positive, and I have to agree that Lionsgate should be getting off their fat arses and putting right the rumour mill.

It also has to be said that Gainer should remember that the people he's slagging off in his post are also members of his audience and people who can advertise and market the film, and with Lionsgate not doing it you'd want to have them onside.

Of course they could all shut up and leave Lionsgate to their devices with the film and the marketing.

My advice would be not to slag these people off but in fact to just put the record straight and get Lionsgate doing their job on this.


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