It is no secret that LucasFilm pretty much milks the Star Wars franchise for every little bit of cash they can, so it may have come as a surprise to most that the sixth and final installment in the saga was going to be receiving a PG-13 rating whearas the previous five films garnered a rating of PG.
The first five films got their PG rating for sci-fi violence and brief mild language, but when it comes to Revenge of the Sith it seems sci-fi violence isn’t all that is to be considered as the MPAA lists it as having sci-fi violence and some intense images. Now all this is pretty much a minor detail considering a PG-13 rating does not prohibit children under 13 from seeing a movie without an adult, but NYNewsday is carrying an article in which George Lucas addresses the issue.
“We’re getting a lot of flak from parents, a lot of people saying how can you do this? My children love these movies. Why can you not let them go see it?” Lucas told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “But I have to tell a story. I’m not making these, oddly enough, to be giant, successful blockbusters. I’m making them because I’m telling a story, and I have to tell the story I intended.”
“These are pretty intense. Who should be allowed to see them should be left up to the parents, but at least they’re warned that it’s pretty intense,” Lucas said. “And obviously, that’s not a good business move.”
Business move, Shmizness move, this is primed to be the most successful Star Wars movie of all-time, and if early word on how good it is follows through then it just may be the most successful film in history. Personally, it is nice to read a quote from Lucas in which he sticks to his guns and lets people know he is telling a story and he isn’t going to compromise that story just to get a PG rating, that is respectable.
To read the rest of the Newsday article click here, but be warned it does contain spoilers.