AICN reports that In an upcoming interview in Vanity Fair, Bruce Willis expressed initial disappointment that his fourth “Die Hard” film will likely be cut to get a PG-13 rating rather than the usual R for the rest of the series.
“I really wanted this one to live up to the promise of the first one, which I always thought was the only really good one” said Willis.
So why cut it? “That’s a studio decision that is becoming more and more common, because they’re trying to reach a broader audience. It seems almost a courageous move to give a picture an R rating these days. But we still made a pretty hardcore, smashmouth film.”
On the one hand the rating sounds reasonable – after all its opening on the July 4th weekend and the PG-13 opens it up to the teen audience that’ll be out in force that weekend.
On the other the major appeal of the “Die Hard” franchise lies for those born in the 70’s and 80’s – people old enough to get into an R-rated film anyhow. Is there a point in delivering a potentially substandard sequel to appeal to a market which has little interest in the adventures of John McClane?