Is Lionsgate Really Pursuing a PG-13 ‘Punisher: Warzone’?

The vigilante superhero film may be going for a more family-friendly rating.

Is the world really ready for a PG-13 Punisher movie? Well, it seems that Lionsgate thinks so, and is pursuing a PG-13 rating for Punisher: War Zone, according to a report from Latino Review

Lionsgate has already clearly had differences of opinion with director Lexi Alexander, who has reportedly been fired from the film, whose own website no longer even mentions the film. Now it seems that the studio may be trying to find a way to bring in the higher box-office numbers that they believe a PG-13 rated superhero movie can bring.

The decision to strive for a more family friendly rating is probably due to the level of violence that Warner Brothers managed to show in The Dark Knight. But there is a huge difference between violence in Batman and the violence fans would expect from the Punisher. Batman is a superhero, he doesn't kill people. The Punisher is a vigilante, and his enemies often are killed, violently.

We'll all know for sure what sort of final cut Lionsgate ends up with for Punisher: War Zone when the film explodes into theatres September 12, 2008.

Punisher: War Zone was released December 5th, 2008 and stars Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchison, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Julie Benz, Stephanie Janusauskas. The film is directed by Lexi Alexander.

Sources: Latino Review
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Comments (46)

  1. Radimus-83

    f*ck Teenagers!!!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  2. The CryptKeeper

    I hope not. In order for me to care about the character, the event that makes him wanna punish people has to be dramatic. And in order for it to be dramatic, it shouldnt be suitable for 13-year-olds

    7 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  3. Moviemaster75

    this will be good

    need more friends so send me some friend requests thanks!

    7 years agoby @moviemaster75Flag

  4. The_Fallen_One

    What in the hell are they thinking?! Starship Troopers 2 indeed Kenzel!Or perhaps even Robocop 3!I have to say for all the dislike the first Punisher movie acc*mulated I seem to be one of the select few who thought it was quite good!Sure it was a little slow for a vigilante action flick but it was a great set-up for Punisher flicks to come!Not to mention Thomas Jane was superb as Frank Castle,so you can be sure when i saw it was this new guy i was highly dissapointed and abandoned all hope for War Zone.But when i saw that lengthy collage of vioence and mayhem my hope was renewed...and now they are taking THAT away too!?!? For shame marvel....for shame.Know your f*cking target audience for christs sake!Punisher and Pg-13 havent even heard of each other.

    7 years agoby @the-fallen-oneFlag

  5. Kenzel

    Starship Troopers 2 all over again. How many times history needs to repeat itself? Production company needs to wake up.

    7 years agoby @kenzelFlag

  6. Radimus-83

    just looked her up, she made Green Street??? holy crap, that movie was raw and awesome! she knows how to direct violence, thats for damn sure!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  7. Radimus-83

    Oscar Nominee director?..... for what?

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  8. Shadow Of The Day

    Screw this sh*t.

    7 years agoby @asifFlag

  9. assasins_grenade08

    it would be such a mistake to do this.Punisher would lose money cuz adults wouldnt go see it cuz there would be too many kids in there watching it.and this is totally ruining Punisher.hes not family friendly hes freaking insane and hardcore!!!!they need to stick with that.

    7 years agoby @assasins-grenade08Flag

  10. MC Legendary

    F*CK YOU lionsgate..

    7 years agoby @normanse7enFlag

  11. b-dog

    don't 4get 2 watch DarK KNigHt AgAin.....................

    7 years agoby @b-dogFlag

  12. desperate hot guy10

    The last one was R

    7 years agoby @kevinbacon34Flag

  13. artkid04

    100% agree radimus, anyways, found out Lexi is an Oscar Nominee director

    7 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  14. Radimus-83

    lets hope so artkid,... i'm a punisher fan and going by what the movie companies do these days i wouldn't be surprised if they were thinking about dumbing it down to a PG13.

    to make this movie work, they need it to be an R rating!

    7 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  15. artkid04

    guys, this ain't true, the director of photography Steve Gainer has dispel the rumors, confirmed that the movie will be "R" and Lexi is still on the "board" and that the web rumors are untrue.

    7 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  16. The_Undoing

    Lionsgate is gay.

    7 years agoby @the-undoingFlag

  17. Rama's SCREEN

    I don't know about Lexi Vs. Lionsgate..

    But the movie will still be rated R! Just the way we like it.

    7 years agoby @ramasscreen-comFlag

  18. Clockworkcookie

    I knew this would happen. Another failed attempt at portraying the Punisher. :( Sigh...

    7 years agoby @clockworkcookieFlag

  19. MovieCritique00

    Hardcore R please. R, for Strong, Persusive Grisly/Gory Violence, Strong, Persusive Grisly/Gory Images, Blood/Gore, Strong, Persusive Language, Strong Persusive Drug Use, involving Drinking.

    That's what I want it as a Rating. I thing this the one and only chance for Marvel to take on a Hardcore R, with all the Violence, and Blood, and Gore.
    Also i thought the movie was coming out in December

    7 years agoby @moviecritique00Flag

  20. Lock and Stock

    This movie is has a gay cast and that son of a bitch.....PG-13,,,,how fckin gay can you get...this is a bitch movie.

    7 years agoby @m-man360Flag

  21. tyler13d

    It could have stood a chance by staying close to its roots and going all the way with 'R' rating...Lionsgate should know better than stripping directors of their original vision. PG 13 on 'PUNISHER' is simply a moronic thing to do...

    7 years agoby @tyler13dFlag

  22. seymourstrange

    whats he ganna do tickle them to sleep, i bet we'll see this alot more now the dark knight is doin so well. it's still a bad decision

    7 years agoby @seymourstrangeFlag


    Really. Wow. Doenst really matter for me. Live Free or Die Hard was Pg-13 and that kicked ass

    7 years agoby @critic500Flag

  24. Transformers89

    getting even sucker

    7 years agoby @transformers89Flag

  25. Buriblazing

    OMG! here we go with gay ass hollywood the punisher is

    a rated R film dont mess with it over dollar signs

    7 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

  26. JR

    and mw its dec. not sept.

    7 years agoby @supbitchFlag

  27. artkid04

    stupid, f*cking stupid, i liked the first Punisher, Thomas Jane better. screw this sh*t, they've f*cked it up, bastards

    7 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  28. -comrade-

    This will probably suck, even more than it probably would have sucked before.

    7 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  29. MovieCritique00

    Why that Mastermind. The Punisher is the one and probaly the only Marvel movie to actually take on a hardcore R. Maybe there could be an sex scene with some nudity.

    7 years agoby @moviecritique00Flag

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