‘Max’ Cuts Out Some ‘Payne’ to Land PG-13
According to Shack News, Max Payne will be released with a PG-13 rating. Director John Moore had been advocating for this rating, which is significantly more financially viable than the R rating that the MPAA had granted.
Moore and his team "trimmed some frames for the sake of trimming frames," which led to the MPAA’s reconsideration of the film’s rating.
Fans will still see a bloodier cut of the video game adaptation, which Moore refers to as the "Gamer Dedicated Cut."
"It’s a little slower and a little more atmospheric," Moore tells GameDaily. "There are some rougher edges on it, but it’s not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It’s not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game."
Starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, Max Payne centers on a DEA agent (Wahlberg) whose family is slain as part of a conspiracy. He teams up with assassin (Kunis) out to avenge her sister’s death. The duo will be hunted by the police, the mob, and a ruthless corporation.
Max Payne arrives in theaters on October 17, 2008.