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Hitman movie watered down to PG-13?

Hitman movie watered down to PG-13?

Wait...is a PG-13 version of the Hitman series even possible?

There's a rule I invented which I call the Rule of Joe, which states that for each and every piece of good news there is an equal and opposite piece of news to help balance it out. That's how I explain that on the same day I write that a new Thundercats movie is in production (good news), I also end up writing that the Hitman movie may have been re-edited for younger audiences (bad news).

It's just a rumour right now, but according to Twitch the director of the Hitman movie has been pulled off the project by his higher-ups so that the film can be re-edited to cater for younger viewers.

The original edit would have apparently got itself an 'R' or 18 rating which the studio execs weren't happy with and they have allegedly intervened to ensure that the film gets a more family friendly PG-13 rating.

Because everyone wants to take their kids to see a film about a genetically modified hitman who wades through religious references to stealthily murder people for money.

Of course, how anybody thought that a family friendly version of Hitman was possible boggles our mind, or why'd they hire Xavier Gens to direct in the first place since his work has typically been filled with over-the-top violence of the bloodiest kind.

Will you be going to see the finished film, or did you (like us) come to the opinion from the trailer that the actor playing 47 is too young and the film looks too different to the game? Let us know in the forums.

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E.E.L. Ambiense 11th October 2007, 16:35 Quote
Boo. Yet another one that I'll wait to Netflix it.
devdevil85 11th October 2007, 16:41 Quote
Without Vin Deisel and now with it being PG-13, I hope the movie burns. The guy looks NOTHING like 47 other than having a bald head.....pathetic.....
sandys 11th October 2007, 16:43 Quote
They realise the age range of the average Xbox user in the US and have to cater for it :p
naokaji 11th October 2007, 16:45 Quote
hitman movie with pg 13? not even the dialogs qualify for such a rating lol...

if they cut it so they get a pg 13 for it there wont be much more than the credits left...
Dr. Strangelove 11th October 2007, 17:01 Quote
Hmm I would not have minded a Hitman movie but whats the point if it's a children's movie (no offense to any young members). I guess IO should have stayed Danish and hired a Danish director.. Just look at "In China They Eat Dogs" (I kina spiser de hunde).
And yeah just looked at the trailer, he looks nothing like 47. Guess I'll DL it at some point...
Kufwit 11th October 2007, 17:02 Quote
It amazes me that no one ever suggests that we have different cuts of films so us old geezers can go watch films the way they are meant to be seen. Then the execs can make all their money from the cut down crap versions for the kiddies to watch.

Kind of like a directors cut but for wimps.

So many films have been destroyed.

I'll defo be missing this if it goes as low as PG
Bungle 11th October 2007, 17:46 Quote
I really don't understand the movie industry. They seem keen to do game to movie ports but then do a half ass stab at it. It's almost like they want to turn people off gaming By releasing a shoddy movie about a particular game. Maybe that's what they are trying to do. After all, the games industry is becoming bigger, year in year out. Fewer people are going to the Cinema these days. I sense a conspiracy. Might be my brain just overworked.:?
knyghtryda 11th October 2007, 18:14 Quote
so indiscriminate killing is ok... but blood and guts isn't... all I can say is wow. This has become more of a moneygrab than I had previously thought. I was actually interested in a Hitman movie, so lets hope this stays a rumor.
Buzzons 11th October 2007, 18:19 Quote
it's all due to pirates yo! (Well I bet that is what the MPAA will say :p)
shadow12 11th October 2007, 18:19 Quote
That's a shame man. I think they should make the rules more strict so that movies like this could never qualify for PG-13. Hell man its called hitman not exactly the best role model for a 13 year old.
whisperwolf 11th October 2007, 18:44 Quote
How on earth can you make a movie where the bad guy kills people for money a kids film, surely its like taking Leon and making it into Kindergarten Cop. Pg-13 normally translates to a 15 rating in the uk doesn't it? can't say I was all that impressed with the trailer anyway.
mikeuk2004 11th October 2007, 18:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
How on earth can you make a movie where the bad guy kills people for money a kids film, surely its like taking Leon and making it into Kindergarten Cop. Pg-13 normally translates to a 15 rating in the uk doesn't it? can't say I was all that impressed with the trailer anyway.

My thoughts exactly. What did they do?? Give him a bright orange water pistal and when people get shot, green gunge squirts out, like the stuff on Kids game shows.

At least we still got the 3rd resident evil film to look forward too
Breach 11th October 2007, 18:52 Quote
Ahh 20th Century Fox, destroying the industry one film at a time.

They should just go the extra mile and make it G rated, his gun can shoot happy rainbows at Teletubbies or something.

Seriously though, did they forget the audience is 18+ gamers who already played through the gore of the game? Who are they girling it up for?
Redbeaver 11th October 2007, 18:54 Quote
1st. the guy is too young = STUPID, but i'll watch it eiher way since im such a fan...
2nd. now theyre making it PG-13?????? = wait for DVD's "Director's Cut" edition.
TheCherub 11th October 2007, 19:22 Quote
PG-13 does equate to a 15 over here then it might be ok, although it will probably stop it from being as good as the game
Bungle 11th October 2007, 19:28 Quote
If they drop the Age limit any further, they will have big bird as the Hitman.
johnnyboy700 11th October 2007, 19:37 Quote
To quote Taylor (Charleton Heston) from the end of the original Planet of the Apes, "Damn them all to hell!!""

The suits really seem to be getting jumpy about all kinds of things nowadays, they watered down die Hard 4.0 and now they are doing it with Hitman. I presume they must think their target audience is a bunch of spotty 14yr old boys because its a film based on a video game - I think they might be some of the few people on the face of the planet who actually believe market research.

It looks as if they might be pinning their hopes on a big opening weekend of the curious and the fans of the game just in case they do have a stinker on their hands and word of mouth causes the ticket sales to drop off sharply. The next stage in the plan might be to reel in the folk who end up hoping for an extended/unrated DVD version and those who wouldn't see it on the big screen but will take a chance with the DVD.
Yemerich 11th October 2007, 20:49 Quote
It's at least strange to me making a movie that is completely diferent from the game. In the trailer there's a saying that goes like "to strike down evil"... Looks like they didn't killed the priest and the innocent journalist in the last stage of "Hitman: Blood Money". This is a mature (17+) ESRB rating game. And it sold more than 2.5 mil (all them together) copies. Is there anything wrong with selling "just" two and a half million?

Then they put a guy that looks like 17. I read in a forum that the actor is almost 40 y/o. Doesn't matter.. He looks like 17. I don't think that this actor, Vin Diesel or Jason Sta...ton (can't remember his name) are the ideal Mr 47... I think the actor is among us somewhere... and well hidden!

Now PG-13??? What they have in mind (aside much and more money)? They should contract the Olson twins to take the role of Mr 47's secretary and make the "The Teenage Hitman" or "Hitman: Home Alone" and give him a water pistol.

If the game become a PG 13 i really hope it sells very little in the theaters. Then they should think: "God, I wish we could sell like the games did!"
proxess 11th October 2007, 21:45 Quote
I can see it now... "Disney Pixar's Hitman"
-equilerex- 11th October 2007, 22:07 Quote
so not only did they use the worst actor ever possible for this movie (the reason why il d/l instead of going to the cinema) but they might also do that too? heh, i would be pretty pissed if i actually thought it would be possible.... more likely a way of getting attention and create some hype.

but yea, have to agree with other ppl... no wonder game/movie conversions are considered crap.... the film companies dont even try.
eh, at least resident evil 3 was awesome:)
Tokukachi 11th October 2007, 23:15 Quote
Arghh.. PG-13 equates to 12A over here these days, which is wrong...I was looking forward to this movie but not any more :(
legoman666 12th October 2007, 00:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
How on earth can you make a movie where the bad guy kills people for money a kids film, surely its like taking Leon and making it into Kindergarten Cop. Pg-13 normally translates to a 15 rating in the uk doesn't it? can't say I was all that impressed with the trailer anyway.

My thoughts exactly. What did they do?? Give him a bright orange water pistal and when people get shot, green gunge squirts out, like the stuff on Kids game shows.

At least we still got the 3rd resident evil film to look forward too

RE3 is not really much to look forward to. The first one was excellent, the second one was medicore. The third one was just blah.
DXR_13KE 12th October 2007, 00:43 Quote
this is still a rumor.... i doubt they are that stupid.... if they are that stupid then i think i am going to get the uncut version in a less usual way.
salesman 12th October 2007, 04:50 Quote
Wow so like this movie can be saved if you want to move to a PG-13 rating its simple call paul anderson who's an expert at making crap with name. Come on people water guns are too violent he needs
1. A banana for a gun.
2. Say the F word once.
3. Make a BA soundtrack with BA bands to play their songs during the credits.
3b. Maybe even get like nickelback or disturbed to make a BA music video for the movie (personally i think disturbed because 47 is a disturbed person ).
4. Fire a few production assistants while at the same time hire a few.
5.Oh and speaking of fire burn down sets 2, 5, 7, 11, and 13 because scenes involving those sets sucked carcase.
6. Rename the film.
7. No don't rename the film remember how much money doom made only because of it's name.
Thats about all i can come up with. Oh look guys (and girls) <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitman_%28film%29> Hitman movie already been done before by the badass himself Mr. Chuck Norris OMG thats not a banana he's holding on the cover its good old early nineties excuse to use these 50 buckets of fake blood water slide fun down the front this guys chest only while he shot backwards through the air to be impaled by a random sharpened pole or pipe doesn't matter which shotgun.
What i think i'll do when this new hitman movie comes out is just go watch a classic Chuck Norris movie maybe even "The Hitman" because i'm not going to be entertained by a game to movie film even if its one that has or gets an R rating to be honest, makes me sad to grow up with great movies as a kid and great video games to have when they spawn something together be horrible. Hollywood stay out of making video games into movies because you're not good at it, and you'll never be good at it, and Paul W.S. Anderson is a Douche Bag but he's a rich Douche Bag.
salesman 12th October 2007, 04:53 Quote
And RE3 is awesome when theres rum involved
HourBeforeDawn 12th October 2007, 04:57 Quote
lol why does Hollywood think that if its PG13 more people will see it? Im sorry I was going to plenty of R movies when I was under 18 lol it wont stop them and besides you just butcher a movie when you do that like for example, how does Aliens (rated R) and Predator (rated R) have a baby named Aliens Vs Predator and it comes out to be PG13, its screwed up and I wish they would stop doing that >_<
Fod 12th October 2007, 07:12 Quote
this is confirmed as FALSE.
bit, i'd appreciate it if you didn't pad out your news with every unsubstantiated rumour that came along - leave that to the blogs.
metarinka 12th October 2007, 07:22 Quote
I was hoping this movie was going to be a dark twisting movie much like the game's plot, but they are trying to make this a big ticket popcorn block buster.

In my opinion that's gonna be the problem, movie making is a big gamble and studios alwys want to go pg-13 as it's the safe bet. However this the plots in the game and the fanbase are after that deep psychological plot of 47's life not an over the top popcorn action movie. Oh well.

and I can't be the only one who thought jason statham woulda been perfect for 47
metarinka 12th October 2007, 07:25 Quote
PS Timothy olyphant, the guy playing 47 is the main bad guy from die hard 4, he was also in 300, he looks incredibly different without the hair and clean shaven though
[USRF]Obiwan 12th October 2007, 10:01 Quote
I think the suits will find the supporting picture above to much for even a 18 rating....
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