Another filmmaker has won a battle against the Motion Picture Association of America, and that filmmaker is Max Payne director John Moore. Moore recently spoke to Game Daily and revealed that he won his appeal with the MPAA, and Max Payne was granted a PG-13 rating, instead of the initial R rating it was granted last month.
We originally reported that Max Payne received an R rating earlier this month, and Moore was none too happy about it, saying that the MPAA "really hung themselves" in giving The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating.
So, what did Moore have to change in the film to change the MPAA's mind? Apparently, not much.
"I must say, and that's what's a little bewildering about this, I didn't have to change much. We trimmed some frames more for the sake of trimming frames than anything, but we got the rating without any major changes at all. I'm a little surprised that we changed their minds, effectively, but I'm happy about it. It proves that if you stick to your guns and you have the creative, and dare I say moral sense, that you're in the right, that you can get the right thing done."
Moore also talked a bit about the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film and mentioned a "Gamer Dedicated Cut" of the film.
"There's what I call the Gamer Dedicated Cut of the movie. It's a little slower and a little more atmospheric. There are some rougher edges on it, but it's not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It's not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game."
Max Payne hits the theaters, in all its PG-13 glory, on October 17.