Thursday, March 10, 2011

Guillermo del Toro blames R rating for 'Madness' project biting the dust (LA Times)

...Why do studios, which happily make all sorts of outrageous R-rated comedies, get cold feet when it comes to an R-rated horror thriller? After all, if the same teens who are wooed by an R-rated comedy's nasty language and smutty antics can somehow get into the theaters to see it, why wouldn't they find a way to see a R-rated thriller as well?

...The real difference between an R-rated horror thriller and a comedy comes down not to accessibility but sticker shock. Studios can make an R-rated comedy like "The Hangover" or "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" for peanuts --meaning less than $50 million -- so there's a lot less risk involved than in, say, making a $150-million horror thriller.
Goldstein makes a good point. As anyone who reads The Call Sheet Report with any frequency will already guess, I think it's a shame - variety is the spice of life. I'd much rather see something fresh and original than "The Hangover 4." And don't get me wrong - I loved "The Hangover," so it's not about that. Take a chance! Revive a genre!
Read the full article here.

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