Transformers Almost Rated R?!
by Alex Billington
March 9, 2007
Our friends at IESB caught up with the big up-and-comer Shia LaBeouf, and one of the details they got out of him was that the live-action Transformers movie due out in July, went to the MPAA and actually got an R-rating the first time!! Although a bit more skeptical (of being real), IESB said that Shia's newest friend Steven Spielberg went and argued the point with the MPAA in order to get it set at PG-13 instead. The reason why it was initially rated R: "intense action and violence".
This is the first very good sign that Transformers may actually be really damn good! There's enough robots-in-disguise rampage that it merits an R-rating?! Oh man, my geek senses are tingling today! First Rorshach and now this, and the release of 300!!!! What a day…
If this all is true, it's a very interesting consideration. I'm not sure if the MPAA have just gotten more strict and are only ever talked down, or if there really was a vast amount of "intense action and violence" that it required an R. Either way, it's actually a good sign. Everyone wants a Transformers movie that not only lives up to the history that the series has, but that is incredibly awesome in every way a giant robot movie should be! Go Michael Bay, make us proud!