1:18pm PT by Ryan Parker
'Blade Runner 2049' Will Be Rated R, Director Says
Yesterday, I wrote that if the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner is rated PG-13, I may lose my mind.
Well, hey, great news! It will be an R, Denis Villeneuve, the director of Blade Runner 2049 told Screen Daily, a day after my rant below.
Check out my original argument.
As a huge fan of the 1982 dark, sci-fi thriller, I stand firm in my belief that Blade Runner 2049 needs to have an R rating. It does not need to contain excessive violence or have 50 F-bombs or even nudity, but it does need to have the same kind of visceral (and sometimes bloody) imagery that made the original so striking and disturbing.
Perhaps it is my bitterness over several "horror" movies getting a PG-13 rating these days in hopes the teenyboppers will buy a ticket. But reboots and sequels to iconic, dark '80s movies that were a hard R then (don't even get me started on the 2014 RoboCop reboot or Terminator: Genisys) need to follow suit. They just do. Sorry, kids. Just remember, being turned away from an R-rated movie is a right of passage.
Despite the worrisome trend of reboots going the PG-13 route, the first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has helped cool my jets. It looks like director Denis Villeneuve is going with the same bleak and dangerous Los Angeles that Ridley Scott (executive producer here) created for the first one, with the sequel bringing back Harrison Ford to star alongside Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas.
In addition to all that, my confidence for an R rating for Blade Runner 2049 stems from Deadpool.
Thanks to the massive success of Ryan Reynolds' violent, foul-mouthed Fox film, studios now must see there are plenty of moviegoers in the adult market who will buy a ticket to an R-rated genre movie. An R rating will not hurt the bottom line if the product is good enough — and let's hope this new one is.