First Cut Of “Scooby-Doo” Was R-Rated

Before James Gunn got into directing films such as the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, he was mostly known as a screenwriter. One of his more notable first efforts was that of 2002’s widely panned “Scooby-Doo” live-action adaptation.

As the film celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, Gunn has taken to Facebook to reminisce about his time filming the project in Queensland, Australia and gave the surprising revelation that his original vision wasn’t the family entertainment film we got. Rather it was something notably darker:

“Yes, it was not exactly what we planned going out – I had written an edgier film geared toward older kids and adults, and the studio ended pushing it into a clean cut children’s film. And, yes, the rumors are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.”

The full posting is below, explaining the regrets Gunn had over it – particularly the rough reception it got – and yet also how grateful he was for the experience. See the full posting below.