The Expendables franchise is about to turn away from its hard-R roots.
Speaking with Deadline at Cannes, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that Expendables 3 will be rated PG-13. “We want to reach as many people as possible,” he explained. “It’s very close to an R, believe me, it’s right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we’d join that club for a while.”
“With the first one, I didn’t know which direction to go. It was experimental, more dramatic and heavier. In the second one, I think we went too far in the comedy and one liners,” he added. “I realized we should get back to being more dramatic. When men and women know each other, there’s a kind of human comedy, not jokes, but when the action starts I don’t like to do jokes. So, I believe we finally got it right on the third one. It’s kind of like marriage.”
The PG-13 rated Expendables 3 hits theaters Aug. 15.