Production on “Terminator Salvation” starts today. Will have PG-13 rating.

Here’s one more reason not to be excited about the fourth installment in the Terminator movie series. They’re aiming to make it a kid friendly PG-13:

As production starts today on “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins,” the next installment in the action franchise, producers at the Halcyon Co. say they aim to deliver a PG-13 movie to Warner Bros. for release on May 22, 2009.

The “Terminator” series is one of the highest-grossing R-rated franchises of all time, with the first three films having grossed more than $1.03 billion worldwide. But Halcyon producers 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.

“The ratings have changed,” said Halcyon co-founder and co-CEO Victor Kubicek, a broker-turned-writer-producer. “The PG-13 has increased in intensity.”

It appears the success of Live Free or Die Hard last summer was enough to convince the folks who bought the rights to the Terminator series that moving from R to PG-13 would be a good idea. I’m already leery of a fourth Terminator film due to abysmal third installment and the rather wobbly (so far) TV series and it doesn’t help that they hired the guy who wrote the third movie to also write the fourth one. Toning it down for a younger audience may just be a deal breaker for me.

I’m also getting a bit tired of the mad rush to make everything PG-13. This is particularly true of the horror genre where it seems it’s either a decidedly non-scary PG-13 or an over-the-top torture-porn rated R. The original Terminator was as much a horror movie as a sci-fi movie and the sequel did a good job of fitting into the same mold. Part of the reason the third movie failed for me was that it wasn’t particularly scary. Considering how non-scary most of the PG-13 horror flicks of late have been it’s hard to see how the drop in rating on the next Terminator will improve things at all.

7 thoughts on “Production on “Terminator Salvation” starts today. Will have PG-13 rating.

  1. Instead of learning from Live Free or Die Hard, which could have done with some extra violence and foul language, I’d hoped they would learn from 300, which did massive business with a pretty hard R rating.

    Too much to hope for, I guess.

  2. It appears the success of Live Free or Die Hard last summer

    I didn’t even know it was in theaters already. Guess it must have been.

    My Tivo’d copies of the TV series are still unwatched and I may not bother with T4 unless it’s out on Netflix.

  3. 1.  Makes no differnce to me, as my daughter’s still 7 and so isn’t going to either of them any time soon.  And when it comes to, say, T2, I don’t think there’s much there to make it an R vs a PG-13, in terms of teen-friendliness.  (So maybe it’s the PG-13/R bar that’s moving.)

    2.  The TV show will be back next season; this past season was a scosh wobbly, but still pretty good, even if they had to truncate it to 9 eps because of the Writers Strike.  Worth watching, esp. after the first few.

  4. A misconception about Live Free Or Die Hard. It was shot as an R Rated movie. It was edited down to PG-13, and the only things that were cut involved language, not violence. It was all returned in the unrated DVD cut.

    I imagine they’ll do the same for Terminator 4, which is fine by me, since it’s unlikely I’ll actually see it in theaters, I’ll just grab the DVD.

  5. since it’s unlikely I’ll actually see it in theaters, I’ll just grab the DVD.

    Indeed. Even making to a theater once a year takes some effort.

  6. What’s next, Alien 5, the Ice Cream Social? Maybe we can get the Predator in on this one too (that way it can be extra crappy).

  7. Great.  PG 13, its going to be all about the stupid ass jokes like T3.  I think they need to watch the first 2 a few times and actually make it dark and gloomy rather than “teen friendly” and the bad language out.  Lets just have the terminators asking people if they would like to surrender.  I hope this doesnt stick and they realize that theyre going to piss alot of people off.

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