Punisher: War Zone rating rumour row
What'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.