Originally Posted by Josh Z
The problems with Chronicles of Riddick had absolutely nothing to do with its rating. The film was a spectaculary misconceived attempt to take a clever, efficient little B-movie and turn it into a bloated "epic" - and to take an entertainingly heartless antihero and turn him into a standard-issue, universe-saving superhero.
True. And that is partially due to PG-13. One size fits all. "Everything has to be an epic for kids." "The lead actor has to be someone we can sympathize with."
And for the record, I like RIDDICK, despite some serious flaws. The DC is a cool movie and I have the HD-DVD.
I had a meeting last week with some producers who had notes on a screenplay of mine they wanted to option. Their ideas were typical bone headed BULLS*T. They don't think the lead character should be so mean. So nasty. Why? Because all leads have to be likable. Worse..."Can't the fat bitch/whore co-worker be kind of cute and just a little bit chunky?"
"Can't the main character plan the murder, but change his mind and then save the girl from being killed by the crazy guy he was going to hire to do the deed?"
"Why don't we tone it down a bit, just a bit, and widen the audience?"
WHY ARE MOVIE PRODUCERS BOTHERING TO BUY A SCRIPT THEY JUST WANT TO RAPE?!
In the end, it's always the damn PG-13 that rears it ugly head.