PG-13 Version of The King's Speech Gets a Release Date
Posted 03.24.11 by Ryan
Executive producer Harvey Weinstein has finally had his wish granted now that a release date has been scheduled for the PG-13 version of the Oscar-winning historical drama The King's Speech.
Weinstein began the process of removing the movie's profanity in January, just after the Academy Award nominations were announced with The King's Speech earning a total of 12 nominations. The motivation was purely financial, with the producer and studio convinced that a more family-friendly rating would improve the movie's box office take. Director Tom Hooper responded by announcing that he wouldn't re-edit the movie, which only received a R-rating due to the profanity spoken by Colin Firth in a role that won the actor his first Oscar. Helena Bonham Carter, who also appears in the movie, also spoke out against changing the language in the movie.
Undeterred, The Weinstein Company has muted most of the profanity, and changed some of the remaining f-bombs to s-bombs. According to THR, the PG-13 version will open on April 1, and will replace the R-rated version currently playing in theaters. "We are thankful to the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America] for their wisdom and swift action in approving the release of The King’s Speech PG-13 version," said Weinstein Company president Eric Lomis.
The studio will have to create a marketing campaign to promote the new version, which shouldn't be a problem to afford since the movie has already earned $359 million worldwide, and could earn more now that parents can now
drag bring their kids.