Sylvester Stallone Says 'The Expendables 4' Will Surely Be R-Rated
by Ethan Anderton
November 24, 2014
There were certainly plenty of fans who were disappointed when it was revealed that The Expendables 3 was going to be rated PG-13 in order to get some of the younger demographics into the theaters. However, the film wasn't exactly a smashing success, and now producer and star Sylvester Stallone is blaming that on the lack of an R-rating. Speaking with Crave Online, Stallone was asked if he regretted the reduction of violence in order to get that more teen friendly rating, and he said, "Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.” Read on!
That's right, " it won’t happen again," which means that despite the tease of "one final ride" in the marketing for The Expendables 3, there's a fourth film in the works. He even discussed the prospect of killing off some of the members of the increasingly large assembly of action veterans and young ass-kickers. "It’s is a big conflict for me, because in an R-rated film, it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theater after seeing the film. But that may change in Expendables 4…”
Frankly, I don't think going back to an R-rating is going to get more people back into the theaters, at least not as much as Stallone seems to think. The problem with The Expendables is that the novelty of this franchise has worn out. Maybe if some of our heroes started turning on each other and we had a big battle between two halves of this team, then that might be something worth going to see. But at this point, it's going to take a lot to get me interested in another action sequel featuring this geriatric crew of veteran action stars and the less than stellar younger counterparts who joined up last time. How about you?