Update - So Punisher: War Zone Will Be Rated R After All!
Late last week, George from Latino Review reported that the upcoming Punisher: War Zone was going to be cut down to PG-13. Fans all over the internet went crazy, every last movie website I know picked up the story, and public interest in the movie went from very little to none. Now reports from multiple sources are slowly trickling in that confirm that it was all a bunch of bullshit. Woops! Apparently it looks like Punisher: War Zone will indeed be rated R after all. It was just a temporary internet-wide scare, but I think that news effectively killed all interest in the Punisher movie entirely. Does anyone even care about it anymore? Even I'm tired of reporting all this terrible news about the movie anyway…
The first report comes from Film School Rejects, who said an inside source at Lionsgate confirmed it was all "bullshit." Phew, we can wipe all that nervous sweat from our brows now! Additionally, Latino Review has been scouring for confirmation and posted an update written by the film's cinematographer Steve Gainer on the Raw Studios forums. His update includes these details (and more) as listed below.
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 Frank's persona and pain.
After seeing this ridiculously violent trailer, I'm not sure how anyone could've expected them to cut it down to PG-13 anyway, but I guess that's how rumors on the internet go. I think it's a bit ridiculous that Lionsgate is hiding in the dark on this one. Instead of actually coming out and confirming that it will definitely be rated R, they're letting even more sketchy reports like these two seep out. And these kind of reports aren't going to help at all. The only way this film would've maybe gotten on track for a solid opening in December would've been if they publicly would have stated that it was rated R and that's it.
So now that this whole PG-13 scare is done and over with, is there anyone left that still wants to see Punisher: War Zone? Even though I know it'll be R, all this bickering over Punisher has left me completely disinterested in the movie. I don't even care if they put out more red band trailers that show copious amounts of disgustingly exciting violence, I still probably won't care too much when it hits theaters in December. And my increase disinterest probably stems from Lionsgate's complete lack of care or concern or support for their own movie. They really don't give a shit about this movie and I ask somebody there to please prove me otherwise. Will anyone pay money to see Punisher: War Zone in theaters?