David Twohy talks Riddick’s R-rating

Exclusive: "If you make it PG-13, then you have to make concessions"

Riddick promises to return the Vin Diesel sci-fi franchise to it's gritty Pitch Black roots, following on from the misfire that was The Chronicles Of Riddick.

So, understandably, the announcement that the threequel would have an R-rating was met with fan approval.

In Total Film magazine issue 204, we chat to director David Twohy about Riddick, and the issue of the R-rating (meaning it'll most likely be a 15 certificate in the UK) came up.

Twohy told us, “If you make it PG-13, then you have to make concessions, and that’s what happened on The Chronicles Of Riddick where we had to downplay a lot of our action sequences and remove a lot of the blood. We found it was tying our hands, so we vowed not to do that.”

Riddick opens in the US on 6 September 2013, with a UK release date to be confirmed.

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    • Seedorf

      Mar 9th 2013, 14:28

      Looking forward to this. Hopefully it will be a great film like Pitch Black was. Chronicles was ok, I quite liked it. I wasn't great film, but I did it entertain me nonetheless. I have low standards OK! :D

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 9th 2013, 19:19

      Pandering to teenagers is what killed off the Die Hard franchise. The hollywood idiots forgot the original was for grown ups. Please make this good.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 9th 2013, 23:20

      Does Rated R necessarily mean it's going to be an 18 here ?

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 9th 2013, 23:28

      I think so. 18 is the highest certificate granted. Seriously, what is with the Diesel moobs? Its quite off putting.

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    • dangoodfellow

      Mar 10th 2013, 1:28

      you're feellings are perfectly natural hadouken, there's no way around it, Vin diesel does appear to have a rather fine pair of breasts. leads me to ask some worrying questions about just how they are going to up the rating to an 18. (shudder)

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 10th 2013, 5:09

      LOL Dan.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 10th 2013, 9:31

      Haha nice one Dan. (thumbs up)

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    • SiMan

      Mar 10th 2013, 11:48

      It says in the article that an 'R' rating usually equates to a '15' certificate over here. Maybe TF can confirm what the differrent ratings in America convert to over here?

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    • cleanbreak

      Mar 10th 2013, 11:57

      A really interesting (Erm, well, for me) piece of certification trivia was the Terminator 3, Rise of the machines certificate. An 'R' in the states, but a '12' over here.

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    • 2Dglasses

      Mar 10th 2013, 22:01

      They may have put more in the American one perhaps? but they dont translate directly, i know American censors/certificators were always more uneasy about certain things, violence to women, religious imagery and so on..another vote for the Chronicles not being too bad. Just radically different to pitch black which i can understand would disappoint people who liked that one.

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    • TheDigitalZombi

      Mar 11th 2013, 12:55

      R rated usually means a film is 15 over here. NC-17 would be 18 rated here. The film can also face editing when distributed abroad, which is what happened with the recent Die Hard sequel. Chronicles of Riddick wasn't all that bad. They should have just kept it to the story involving his capture and escape from the prison.

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    • lukeworm100

      Mar 11th 2013, 14:56

      It will be really good if it gets the 18 rating in the UK. Not many franchises get to that rating without being tedious filling the film with lashings of unneccessary gore (Saw franchise). I can't wait for this instalment. Should be a great one.

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