The folks over at B-D hit up a group interview which included Director Jose Padilha and stars Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Joel Kinnaman, and Abbie Cornish. During the interview, Padilha reveled the following;
We were shooting the movie to be seen by the broadest possible audience, which means PG-13. This whole idea about ‘RoboCop’ has to be “R” because the first one was amazingly violent… I never really bought into that. You know, ‘The Dark Knight’ was PG-13, so you can get away with a lot.
Samuel L. Jackson then ushered in;
It would be “R” for its time, not “R” now.
I totally get that violence in films will change during its time, but really, RoboCop today would be classified as a PG-13? I mean, the film is filled with ultra-violence and foul language. People basically getting shot and blown to pieces, a dude getting hit with toxic waste, and a rapist getting shot in the meat and potatoes just to name a few.
Sorry, but I still don’t see the original being a PG-13 today. As for the remake? Yeah, I knew it was coming, but just because it’s PG-13, that doesn’t mean we should dismiss it just yet.