Luke Goss Says Tekken Movie Will End Up Rated R
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2008
Considering the R-rated Wanted was a big success this weekend, I'm certain studios are starting to open up to allowing more of their big blockbusters to go R - as long as it's appropriate. While at the press junket for Hellboy II today in Los Angeles, Luke Goss said that he "thinks" the Tekken movie in the works will end being rated R. Like Street Fighter, Tekken is a live-action adaptation of a very popular platform fighting video game from Namco. The film is being directed by Dwight H. Little, of Rapid Fire, Free Willy 2, "Prison Break", and "Bones", and has a script penned by Alan B. McElroy, of Spawn, Wrong Turn, and The Marine. Not the most talented individuals involved unfortunately. Is the prospect of an R-rated Tekken more interesting than a PG-13 rated Street Fighter?
Luke Goss stars in the film as fighter Steve Fox (pictured above). Goss explained that his character is 15 years after his prime time as one of the best fighters. He says that he fights, but not actually in the ring - only out of it in the movie. Although various games have their own background stories, the plot of the film focuses on Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), the leader of a highly corrupt business under investigation of a murder. He announces a tournament to crown a "King Of Iron Fist" and make the winner his personal bodyguard, but as the fighters assemble, they begin to realize they are linked together through more than just their interest in killing Mishima anyway.
This is some interesting news, but unfortunately Goss didn't elaborate on reasons why it might end up getting such a harsh rating. Would the fights in the film be so violent that they might warrant an R rating? Has director Dwight H. Little come up with a fighting style so unique that it pushed the limits of PG-13 too far? There are so many questions but Tekken seems to be the least buzzed about of all the major upcoming Asian franchise films - Street Fighter, Dragonball, etc. Will an R rating given Tekken the edge it needs to stand out over the others? Goss half-joked that the reason why an R rating wouldn't be a problem is because all of the players of the game are all old enough to see that kind of violent movie anyway. Thoughts?