Whilst the first two films in “The Expendables” franchise were rated R, the upcoming third and final one will be a PG-13.
Arriving at the Cannes Film Festival by way of a tank rolling down the Croisette, the cast members were on hand for a press conference where Sylvester Stallone confirmed the rating and said that despite this, the tone would be much more serious than the second film:
“We want to reach as many people as possible. It’s very close to an R, believe me, it’s right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we’d join that club for a while.
With the first one, I didn’t know which direction to go. It was experimental, more dramatic and heavier. In the second one, I think we went too far in the comedy and one liners.
(For the third film) I realized we should get back to being more dramatic. When men and women know each other, there’s a kind of human comedy, not jokes, but when the action starts I don’t like to do jokes. So, I believe we finally got it right on the third one. It’s kind of like marriage.”
For those not happy with the news, there’s already a Facebook page boycotting the film unless it scores an R-rating.