Apparently last Friday was a good day to be a Die Hard fan. This is when word first broke that the upcoming fifth Die Hard film A Good Day to Die Hard had officially garnered an R-rating from the MPAA. This is a bit of a surprise considering that the last film, Live Free or Die Hard, was released as a PG-13 film much to the disappointment of long-time fans. It was a move aimed at expanding the film’s potential audience (and as a result, its box office revenue), but ultimately Live Free or Die Hard only made about $20 million more than Die Hard with a Vengeance. So now it appears that they’ve decided that the bad PR from a PG-13 rating isn’t worth the minimal reward. Yippee ki-yay?
The news first broke over on Collider last Friday before eventually being confirmed by Ain’t It Cool News. Bruce Willis has verified that Fox won’t be recutting the film for a PG-13 rating, they simply decided that the MPAA’s decision “was for the best.” We can probably also thank the success of The Expendables for this decision. But does this mean that the movie will actually be any good?
While I do think that great action films can be made within a PG-13 rating, I prefer not to see the seams where they have made cuts to avoid violence and profanity. For the last film they released an Unrated cut on DVD, which many fans seemed to appreciate, but from what I understand most of the blood was added digitally after the fact. I suspect they still used the same method this time around, but hopefully John Moore can at least deliver the movie he intended to make in the first place. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theatres on February 14th… does this news give you faith that it will deliver the goods?