‘The Wolverine’ Sequel Confirmed To Be Targeting R-Rating; Has Nothing To Do With ‘Deadpool’ Success

onelasttime640Not long ago, rumors began making the rounds that 20th Century Fox was targeting an R-Rating for James Mangold’s upcoming sequel to The Wolverine. This set the internet off into a bit of a frenzy and while some believed this was due to the success of Deadpool, even though the news came out the same weekend, this plan has nothing to do with that as this was the plan from the start. The Hollywood Reporter has now confirmed that the studio is indeed aiming for an R-Rating for the film which starts filming very soon.

The trade states that their sources have revealed that the film “was always designed as a movie that would receive an R from the ratings board once finished because of the level of violence (and likely language) in the script written by Michael Green.” The response to the Unrated cut of The Wolverine, which was released on Blu-Ray, was quite positive and left fans asking for next installment in the series to be R-Rated. Well, it seems that the studio was listening and you guys are indeed getting what you wanted.

The currently untitled third entry in The Wolverine series is set to go into production in April and hit theaters on March 3, 2017. Let us know what you think about this decision in the comments section below.

Source: THR

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  • Tom Chambers

    I call BS. I think Deadpool’s success, if in a small or large way, helped pave the way for this. If it was nothing more than to alleviate Fox’s concern that an R-rated film could potentially not do well. If not, why have the past Wolverine movies not been R-rated?

  • Bollocks was this not due to the commercial success of Deadpool.

    They were considering it, waiting for Deadpool to test the waters (a smaller budget film), and would have released it as a 12A or whatever if Deadpool bombed. But it didn’t, so it’s an R.

    And that’s OK, but let’s not pretend that this isn’t thanks to the financial success of Deadpool.

    • WarrenWII

      Yeah. Not to mention that Fox was pretty happy with Deadpool cut, weeks/months before the release, along with early screenings. So all of that played a factor.
      Hugh has been wanting a R-rated movie for a long time, but once Fox approved Deadpool’s R rate, they started to be open to do the same with Wolverine. It makes perfect sense.

  • Axxell

    This has nothing to do with Deadpool’s success, just like Deadpool had nothing to do with the positive response to the test footage…

  • breakerbaker

    It doesn’t even matter whether this has anything to do with Deadpool. It’s a bad idea. The idea that people are choosing to skip Hugh Jackman Wolverine movies because they’re PG-13 has no basis in reality. If they were going to make Wolverine into an R rated franchise, the time to do it would be after they recast the character. They’ve already established what this Wolverine is, and he’s a guy who appears in PG-13 rated movies. Going R here is just an attempt at fan service that pushes people who would watch it out of the theater while bringing nobody else in.

  • Ben Kabak

    No mention of this being Old man Logan?

    • Shawn Madden

      Unconfirmed rumor.