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Joe Johnston's The Wolfman Gets an R Rating from the MPAA

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December 8, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

The Wolfman

Maybe there is at least one smart person working at Universal? SlashFilm is reporting that Joe Johnston's The Wolfman has received an R rating from the MPAA and that Universal is just going to stick with it. The movie was rated R for "bloody horror, violence and gore." Apparently Universal sent them an email bragging about the rating, as they're probably trying to twist their marketing campaign so that it focuses on how gory and intense it is (instead of playing to the PG-13 demographic). I wonder if any of the reshoots had anything to do with making this gorier than it originally was? Anyone have a feeling they initially wanted this PG-13?

Peter from SlashFilm explains it the best: "I would assume that Universal wants everyone to know that they have decided to go with the longer, bloodier, more violent (and from what I’ve heard, better) cut of the film." As we mentioned before, we've heard that the film has been test screening terribly and that Universal is very worried about it. They kicked Danny Elfman off the project then brought in a new batch of editors to try and salvage it. Let's hope this R-rated version is the better cut. I'm looking forward to this, but I'm a bit nervous that its been butchered to hell by now. I guess we'll find out soon enough! Who is planning to see this?

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Reader Feedback - 27 Comments

1

i will go see this for sure. i hope im not let down

samuel j on Dec 8, 2009

2

bingo!

Crapola on Dec 8, 2009

3

Yeah me too. All I seen was "R" and that sold me. LOL

Joseph S. on Dec 8, 2009

4

I'm really looking forward to this. I'm sick of non-monsterous monster movies. Bring on thereal beasts!

Bill in Burlington on Dec 8, 2009

5

We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. R rating or not, this is the same movie that has been plagued with difficulties. If we start thinking it will be good based solely on the rating, then this is no different than allowing the studio to tone down a movie so it gets a pg-13 - just so the teens can make it #1 at the box office.

germs on Dec 8, 2009

6

If I dont see any hot chicks with their tits out Im asking for my money back, but hey, its a good sign!

Kora Koranian on Dec 8, 2009

7

Looking forward to seeing this

TediusTed on Dec 8, 2009

8

Maybe When Universal Test Screening The PG-13 Cut Came Out Terribly Bad. So The R-Rated Cut Came Out Better And The Studio Is Happy With The R RATING And I Am Too! Take That Kiddies

big789 on Dec 8, 2009

9

Previews are a disappointment so we will see....I'll see it if I don't pay. Other than that, I'll wait. Not overly excited for anything except Sherlock Holmes and Chipmunks. i have a family. lol

Tra la la la la di da on Dec 8, 2009

10

Sweet, you can't have wolfman without an R rating.

Xerxex on Dec 8, 2009

11

An R rating is awesome!

JakeTheSnake on Dec 8, 2009

12

In the lines of best monter movies. 1. Bram Stoker's Dracula - 1992 2. The Wolfman - 2009 All we need is a good Frankenstien, Dr. J Mr. H, and others. I would bank my money on The Wolfman more than AVATAR.

GP Productions on Dec 8, 2009

13

i don't see how you can have werewolves without an R rating... its not like they sparkle when the sun hits them i hope it turns out well and it makes money so that we can get more proper monster movies rather then some 3pm shopping mall bastardizations

Janny on Dec 8, 2009

14

The tweens had their share of wolves with "New Moon". Now, it's time for the grown ups to bask in some menacing, wolf action! Great that the flick is "R" rated! I'm sure it'll turn out fine despite the so-called butchering. It's cool to know that it's Universal and not Fox doing the re-editing. "Wolfman" is one of Universal's sacred properties! 🙂

Spider on Dec 8, 2009

15

@12: How about Werewolf in London, that wasnt a good werewolf movie? 🙂

Nikhil Hariharan on Dec 8, 2009

16

This is fantastic news! I am definitely going to see this.

dom on Dec 8, 2009

17

One of my biggest concerns is how much the house sucked at Universal and how awesome the Saw and Chucky houses were. Hopefully useful didn't slack on the movie as well.

Tra la la la la di da on Dec 9, 2009

18

I'm happy to hear it's been rated R, but I have no doubt that the movie will still suck. Too bad.

Syphous on Dec 9, 2009

19

we need more r rated movies(is the rating the same as a 15 or 18 in england.)because i hate it when they lower the certifcate by making cuts just because they want kids to see it & earn more money out of it.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Dec 9, 2009

20

Why is it that every time I read anything about "The Wolfman" someone always is talking about taking their family, why would you do that. Why would you freak you kid out by taking them to a movie about a creature with craving for human flesh? R-rating or not that is what it would be about. I am excited about the rating though, very excited!

Friesa on Dec 9, 2009

21

Why is it that every time I read anything about "The Wolfman" someone always is talking about taking their family, why would you do that. Why would you freak you kid out by taking them to a movie about a creature with craving for human flesh? R-rating or not that is what it would be about. I am excited about the rating though, very excited!

Friesa on Dec 9, 2009

22

Why is it that every time I read anything about "The Wolfman" someone always is talking about taking their family, why would you do that. Why would you freak you kid out by taking them to a movie about a creature with craving for human flesh? R-rating or not that is what it would be about. I am excited about the rating though, very excited!

Friesa on Dec 9, 2009

23

An R-Rated WolfMan movie equals Film Geek Paradise!! I AM DEFINITELY THERE!!

Jay on Dec 9, 2009

24

This should have been rated R since the dawn of the existence of the franchise.

Fisherr on Dec 9, 2009

25

IMO the franchise feels tired already... I was half expecting the warewolf from Van Helsing with the PG13 rating, especially with Elfman pompusly waltzing through the score while we're supposed to be scared. (no knock to Elfman, I just equate him to the campiness of Burton film classics) I wonder if it'll even feel scary now that they made it bloody or whatever... I'm going to wait for the rental or word of mouth before trying to see this one. Don't we know what gonna happen anyway based off of the trailer?

wHiskey Tango... on Dec 9, 2009

26

Im willing to bet Universal was hoping to ride the New Moon coat-tail with the teens, then they actually saw the number of people who've said they want absolutely nothing to do with very lame vampire/wolf kick, and realized they will need to go old school if they don't have those twilght boys! When I was a teen I had to witness the titanic thing, and that was irritating enough, but at least it wasn't that bad of a movie. James Cameron did a good job and Leo could actually act! These kids make me start to lose my faith in humanity. Sorry I had to get that out.

Topher on Dec 9, 2009

27

i like turtles

werdnafaz on Dec 9, 2009

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