The Weinstein Co. Appeals 'Miral' Rating

The firm, along with director Julian Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik, lobby for Freida Pinto starrer to receive PG-13 rating.

The Weinstein Co., along with director Julian Schnabel and producer Jon Kilik, announced Friday that they will appeal the R rating the Classification and Ratings Administration has given to their upcoming film Miral.

Miral, which is scheduled for release March 25, stars Freida Pinto and is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Rula Jebreal, who also wrote the screenplay. It tells the story of a young Palestinian girl growing up in East Jerusalem.

CARA -- which is run by the MPAA and NATO -- rated the movie R, requiring children under 17 to be accompanied by an adult, because of "some violent content including a sexual assault."

In arguing for a less-restrictive PG-13, Schnabel said, "We made this film for all audiences to see. I wanted this to be a PG-13 rating from the beginning. The movie is for, about, and dedicated to all of the children from the Dar El-Tifel Institute. It is made for the very people that an 'R' rating keeps from seeing it. The film is a cry for peace, and the kids who choose education over violence are the ones who are going to make it happen. My hope is that they can see the film and be encouraged by this young girl's inspiring story."

Also on Friday, the Weinstein Co., said it will withdraw the R-rated version of The King's Speech from theaters in favor of an alternative version, with milder language, which has earned a PG-13 rating.