“The reason for that recent Expendables trailer selling cast and nothing else,” a guy tells me, “is the studio and Sylvester Stallone are still grappling with whether to go with an R-rated or PG-13 version. Obviously there would be very different tones in the campaign if it’s the former. I hope they go with the R-rated version, but apparently there’s pressure in the marketplace not to.”
If Lionsgate and Stallone are even toying with the possibility of going with a PG-13 version of The Expendables, then I don’t know what to say to them. It would be stunningly, breathtakingly stupid of them to put out a version that tones down the violence and the gore. It’s such a pathetic notion that I’m not going to sully this website by discussing it further.
For what it’s worth, the guy says he’s hearing that “the film works and is fun…and that Stallone and Stratham have wonderful chemistry.” I don’t buy a word of that! Not a word!