Contrary to the earlier rumor, the Lexi Alexander-directed 'Punisher: War Zone' will still be rated 'R' instead of 'PG-13'.
The earlier reports suggesting that "Punisher: War Zone" inclined towards the PG-13 rating may not be true after all. An updated news regarding the matter has asserted the opposite stating that the Lionsgate's comic book adaptation movie about the anti hero famed as 'The Punisher' will stick with its R-rating.
Providing the denial is Steve Gainer, the film's cinematographer, who posted a clarifying information in the Raw Studios forum board. Parts of his message read, "The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13. Today I saw a cut that ran 91 minutes...The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain."
"This film has been difficult from the beginning, from a bitter Canadian winter, to endless nights, to rampant sickness, Lexi has fought to make a killer Punisher film for fans and non fans alike.Initially we were to release in September, but for whatever reason (not the quality of the film or edit IMHO) it was decided to release in December. That extra time has given everyone a chance to put their two cents worth in, but rest assured, Lexi is still stearing the boat, and she is a great captain."
On the posted message, he also cleared up the circulating speculation of Lexi Alexander being dumped by the studio. "Lexi is not off the film," he wrote. "Lexi is still involved in the edit process...Lexi did in fact get married."
To be differentiated from the 2004's "The Punisher", "War Zone" is a new adaptation of the Marvel's character. Starring Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle, it tells the story of the ruthless vigilante right from the beginning. It is directed by Lexi Alexander from a script written by Nick Santora, Kurt Sutter, Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.