Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Announced as PG-13
The Halcyon Company made an official announcement today stating that the upcoming Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will be officially rated PG-13. I'm not entirely sure why they made such an effort to make sure the rating was this well known, especially when they haven't even really started filming, but it's a topic worth discussing. The important thing to note: all three of the past Terminator films have been rated R. This is the very first time any Terminator movie will be PG-13. This is similar to Live Free or Die Hard last year, which was the first Die Hard movie to be rated PG-13. Is this a concern?
Although the previous Terminator films, which have played quite well, were all rated R, the producers from Halcyon "thought it was time to broaden the upcoming fourth film's audience base, and they believe the PG-13 won't compromise the series' gritty vision." Let's hope their right, because from the sounds of it, they're more about money than about really keeping true to the spirit of the Terminator franchise. "Our merchandising program will be the largest to date for The Terminator." So the truth comes out! "We are carrying on in the tradition of the mythology, with an exciting approach to the action. If we can make a compelling film to reach the widest audience, why wouldn't we do it?" As much as they are trying to sound like a company that cares about the vision, Halcyon is really only about money in the end.
I think it's too early to start screaming about how problematic a PG-13 rating will be. I had a huge issue with Live Free or Die Hard because that series needs to be rated R and the "yippie-kay-yay motherfucker" line had to be a part of it or it would've lost all that made the series great. Unfortunately that's what happened. Although you could claim Terminator would lose the grit it had if it got rid of its always over-the-top violence, just look at Iron Man. That was a PG-13 movie that had a fair amount of violence and yet didn't feel like they cut back. Halcyon co-CEO Victor Kubicek says that "the ratings have changed" and that "PG-13 has increased in intensity." But we all know it's still about selling toys.