The previous Terminator movies have all be rated R, which is probably one of the reason they are fan favourites (well the first two anyway). I doubt the T-1000 would have been able to go around impaling people if Terminator 2: Judgement Day had age restrictions on it. However, it has been announced today that Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will have a PG-13 rating.
The reason given:
…producers thought it was time to broaden the upcoming fourth film’s audience base, and they believe the PG-13 won’t compromise the series’ gritty vision.
The real reason:
A family-friendly rating opens many doors, including a “Terminator Salvation” licensing deal for action figures with Playmates Toys. “Our merchandising program will be the largest to date for The Terminator”
It’s all about the money!
Last year’s Live Free or Die Hard also opted for the PG-13 rating after three prior R-rated movies. That earned the film $382.1 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing in the series.
I can see Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins making lots of money, although it will most likely involve less blood and body parts. Do we want a Terminator movie which cares more about toys than it does pleasing the fans? Or can it do both?