Das Gamer recently interviewed Max Payne director John Moore, and the man is very upset about his film receiving an R rating. His claim is that the adult rating could greatly affect box office. Not one to shy away from his concerns, Moore stated, "The Motion Picture Association of America gave The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating and basically sucked Warner Bros.' (explicative)."
Both Moore and 20th Century Fox went into Max Payne with the intentions of making a PG-13 rated film. But the ratings board slapped the film with a big fat R, and now Moore has had to return to the editing room to cut the film down to size. What earned the film an R rating in the first place? Moore explained, "They said to me, the movie feels R. And I said, 'What the (explicative) is that, a group therapy session?' You can't do that. They're meant to judge content, not intent. They said the movie felt dark."
He continued, saying, "They really hung themselves with The Dark Knight. Every other filmmaker in town is knocking on their door saying, "Please sir, may I have my PG-13 rating and be as fair to my movie as you were to The Dark Knight."
Will there be an unrated version when the film comes out on DVD? Moore isn't quite sure, saying, "There's always that creative safety net that there is a platform for the ultimate version of the movie out there on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. But to be quite honest, I didn't go into this wanting it to be necessarily a hard R. I put a lot of kinetic violence in the movie because that's how the game feels, but I didn't go cutting people's heads off and ripping their eyeballs out just for the fun of it."
Max Payne is still slated for release on October 17th, 2008.