The big shark film opening this weekend might not have the bite fans were expecting. It appears all the blood and gore for the film was cut out so the film could make its PG-13 rating.
Earlier this week, Bloody Disgusting posted a pretty crazy interview with The Meg director Jon Turteltaub, wherein he explained to us that his vision for the film was for it to be a gory, rated R shark attack flick.
“I am so disappointed the film wasn’t more bloody or disgusting,” Turteltaub openly told us, adding “the number of really horrifying, disgusting and bloody deaths we had lined up that we didn’t get to do is tragic.”
During the post production for the film Turteltaub said they had begun CGI effects for some memorable deaths but the studio decided at the last second the film had to be PG-13 instead of rated R.
Even the film’s star, Jason Statham, is expressing his disappointment in the film’s rating change. He divulged that the movie hitting theaters this weekend is not the film he signed up for. Statham went on to say this in a recent interview with Collider:
Script’s totally different,” Statham explained, talking about how much the movie changed after he originally came aboard. “There was so many different … sometimes you just go, “How did it happen? How did it go from this to this to this to that?” You just can’t keep a track on it. I guess if you have the control to keep it a certain way you would, but you don’t. They have a movie to make. They have so many people deciding on what action stays and what scenes stay. How the characters … In the end they want to put something at the beginning. The whole thing at the beginning where I do a rescue on a sub? That was not in the script that I read. That was all brand new stuff, good or bad. I’m just letting you know.”
He continued, “I’m just saying it was radically different. John’s interpretation of this is a fun end of summer [movie]. It’s full of humor. It’s a little bit more directed to a different taste of what my own is… I like more gory adult stuff. I’m a lot older but I can’t speak for what this film could possibly speak to a younger audience. I might have made a film that not many people wanted to see. I’m not a filmmaker. I’m sort of an actor that’s going to portray a role. I go there but I’ve learned not to get too attached with your own idea of what something could be.”
He adds, “But you go, Where’s the fucking blood? It’s like, There’s a shark.”
Speaking more positively about the film, Statham told Collider, “I admire John’s sort of great spin that he’s done. He’s put this in a place which is totally unique I think. No one was expecting The Meg to be a fun sort of humorous ride or romp or whatever. He’s put his very light-hearted way into it and not tried to make it like anything before. He’s trying to give it his own sort of stamp of tone.
What do you think? Will you still go to the theater and see The Meg this weekend or wait until it a streaming service? Let us know in the comments.