Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Loses Appeal to Overturn R Rating

4:22 PM PST 11/15/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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"Haywire"

The restrictive rating was given for "some violence" in the action film starring Gina Carano.

The Classification and Rating Appeals Board has upheld the R rating given to Steven Soderbergh's international action romp Haywire for violence.

Before reaching its decision on Tuesday, the appeals board heard statements from Soderbergh, Relativity Media president of worldwide distribution Kyle Davies and production company Five Continents.

Haywire toplines mixed martial arts star Gina Carano as a covert operative who takes on a succession of macho men, in addition to assorted foes. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas.

Relativity releases Haywire in theaters on Jan. 20. Last week, the film made its world-premiere in a surprise sneak at Hollywood's AFI Fest.

Relativity had no immediate comment on the ruling. Filmmakers always have the option of making the trims needed to secure a less restrictive rating.

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