With the release of the new trailer today for the upcoming reboot of “Conan the Barbarian”, concern has risen again amongst fans about whether the big-budget fantasy epic will be cut down to a PG-13 in post-production or will it keep the R-rated violence and sex which was originally intended.
Writer Sean Hood addressed those concerns with a posting on Quora:
“The world of Hyboria, as Robert E. Howard described it, is fleshy and brutal. Bloody beheadings and bare-chested slave girls abound. However, while the movie is unflinching in its depiction of barbarism, slavery and warfare, the violence and nudity emerge from the fabric of the story. It isn’t gratuitous.
Robert E. Howard’s stories, although violent and perverse for their time, were not intrusively graphic either. So this is ultimately a movie about the character Conan, a character that will hopefully launch a healthy franchise of movies with stories and characters that celebrate Robert E. Howard’s work. Yes, you’ll see blood and boobs, but this isn’t a Cinemax movie; it’s epic action/fantasy.
And yes, it’s rated R.”
Will that rating hold though or will there be pressure from the studio and MPAA to edit it down? We’ll find out in the next month or so.