This wouldn’t be the first time the Wolverine movies came close to an R-rating, as The Wolverine was edited down to a PG-13 and later received an unrated cut on blu-ray.
Naturally, Hollywood has taken notice.
To be directed by James Mangold (who, in addition to helming The Wolverine, worked with Hugh Jackman on Kate Leopold), the new film is penned by David James Kelly.
In a promotional catalog handed out by the studio at Toy Fair 2016 in New York City, it’s revealed that their next untitled Wolverine movie, slated to be Hugh Jackman’s last turn in the role, will be R-rated. It’s a huge win for a film with an estimated budget of $58 million, and now film studios are paying attention, especially Deadpool’s studio 20th Century Fox. Does Wolverine really need one though? “Everything in that movie was about story and character”.
An R rating represents a big change of pace. Each previous X-Men related film, including Wolverine’s two solo outings, have been rated PG-13. Against all odds, Tim Miller’s anti-hero origins tale emerged from a prolonged period in development to critical adulation, though during the early stages numerous ideas were tossed at the drawing board, including other X-Men beyond Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Yesterday, we got word that the upcoming Mutant spinoff X-Force may arrive with an R rating. If there’s ever going to be a superhero that is going to be R-rated, it’s going to be Wolverine. For a long time, it was thought that 2013’s The Wolverine might be tailored for restricted audiences.
The Deadpool Effect is now officially a thing.
All of which suggests Wolverine could use some freshening up, and an R rating could allow him to do just that.
It’s an interesting move, but one that makes sense.
He told Jackman, “Some of these questions I may have written before I saw the movie”.