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Will the R Rating for ‘Logan’ Be the Key to the Film’s Success?

Will the R Rating for ‘Logan’ Be the Key to the Film’s Success?

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James Mangold believes the R rating afforded to Logan will be the key to the film’s success.

The 53-year-old director – who previously helmed the much-maligned Wolverine in 2013 – has revealed that he and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman pushed to create a more adult movie so it would avoid the conventions of a typical superhero film.

He explained: “I knew that if Hugh and I could get an R, then we’ll have the freedom to make an adult film. Because the second the marketing arm of a studio realises it cannot market to children, five or six creative things happen. The scenes can go deeper, and can be written for adults. Not just language, not just [violence], as you’re saying, but the themes can be more interesting, the words you’re using can be more complicated. The ideas can be more complicated.”

He said, too, that the movie’s R rating means there is less pressure to fill Logan with the sort of gimmicks that can create merchandising revenue.

James told Den of Geek: “Also, the film comes under no pressure to be a platform for the sale of toys. Because there’s going to be no kids to see it.”

Meanwhile, Hugh – who has now played the iconic character for the final time – previously said Logan has more depth to it than previous Wolverine movies.

He shared: “I love Wolverine. I will not miss it, for it will always be inside me. It was very emotional to make this movie. I always felt that there was a deeper story about this character. I’m very proud of the movies of the past, but I felt I had something more. Like a man. He did not want to be just the tough Wolverine, but the difficult Logan. I cried a few times on the set. I hope fans will say: finally, this is the Wolverine movie I wanted to see.”

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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!

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