News broke today that Terminator: Genisys (and yes Genisys is meant to be spelt that way) is to be released with a PG-13 certificate in the US, which in the UK will almost definitely translate to a 12A rating.
Genisys is clearly going to try and rake in as many audiences as possible with a younger rating.
But why? That is surely shirking the roots of the franchise.
The first two classics were B-Movie exercises in sci-fi mania, both rated 15 or 18, but since then Hollywood has released Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and now Genisys all on younger ratings, presumably to maximise revenue.
What they may not consider is that the long term revenue of the Terminator franchise relies upon it being true to its origins, rather than the concept being bastardised for money-making flops. By releasing a lower rating Terminator movie – one that they have dubbed:
‘a love story’ with a certain amount of ‘movie violence’
they only push the fan base further away. And no – not even the presence of Arnie can change that.
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