Rian Johnson Responds To The Rumour That His New Trilogy Will Be Rated “G” (Universal)

Rian Johnson, you seem to be the centre of multiple rumours day in, day out. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but weekly might be a better way to put it. With the latest rumour claiming that his upcoming trilogy will be G-rated in tone. (For region two, that would be Universal.)

Now the Original Trilogy, along with Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace were all rated G & U. With Episode II: Attack of the Clones then changing that being the first Star Wars film to be rated PG in both the US and the UK. Three years later Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was rated PG-13 in the US and as a 12a in the UK. Since 2005 all live action Star Wars films that have been released have been rated PG-13 or 12a.

Age Ratings for both the Motion Picture Association of America and the British Board of Film Classification.

Rather than directly refuting this theory, Johnson shared a GIF of Disney’s Donald Duck to tease how ridiculous these outlandish rumours.

The initial report seemingly comes from an untrustworthy source once again (this time being Reddit), with Johnson sharing the GIF of the Disney character covering his head with a pillow while only adding the comments, “Guys.”

Given that the filmmaker is replying directly to one outlet (StarWarsStuff), who also tagged the filmmaker in their tweet about the rumour, it would seem that Johnson hopes he can avoid being alerted of the countless baseless rumours circulating about his upcoming trilogy.

This rumour only coming less than a week after the rumour that Rian Johnson had walked away from his trilogy, originated from the site: Super Bro Movies. Lucasfilm had not confirmed the rumours, which was interesting considering the company announced the departures of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as the departure of Colin Trevorrow from Star Wars: Episode IX, before the news hit other outlets (large or small). After Screenrant then decided to jump in the bandwagon of spreading this misinformation along with other sites and channels, some Star Wars fans started tweeting Rian Johnson about the “news” to either confirm or debunk it’s authenticity, to which he quickly set the record straight.

Personally I don’t think we’ll see a G or U rated Star Wars film again. Times are different now. What was in a Star Wars film back in 1977 would probably be rated differently if released now. When was the last time you saw a movie, with fighting, action, explosions, death, shootings, etc rated G or U? Probably 1999, with the release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

At a push, maybe a PG, but still I find that unlikely, PG-13 and 12a seem to have taken over the PG rating at the cinemas now. A kid can still see a PG-13 or 12a, with an adult. Film makers can do more with a PG-13/12 than a PG film now. Look at some of the kid/family action adventure films of today, Jurassic World, Marvel movies, DC movies and now Star Wars.

Sources: Rian Johnson & Comicbook.com

Written by: Connor Heggie