James Gunn wasn’t always the director of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. He was at one point the writer for some very kid-friendly material, including Scooby Doo and the gang. So when the properties were rebooted in the early 200s with a live-action cast and a talking CGI dog, Gunn was hired to formulate the script.
Now you would think such kid-friendly fare would be rated G for general audiences, not rated R for restricted. But you would be very wrong.
Now, for Scooby Doo’s fifteenth anniversary, Gunn took it to his official Facebook account to talk about his experiences while working on the movie. The director recalled that he was grateful for the opportunity to work on the property and for the friendship he has developed along the way. However, the main takeaway from Gunn’s lengthy social media post was him admitting that the film was originally rated R:
“And, yes, the rumors are true – the first cut was rated R by the MPAA, and the female stars’ cleavage was CGI’d away so as not to offend. But, you know, such is life. I had a lot of fun making this movie, regardless of all that. And I was also able to eat, buy a car, and a house because of it.”
Gunn explains that he was initially working on an “edgier film geared toward older kids and adults.” Unfortunately, this clashed with the studio’s vision for the film, and when the first cut was given an R it had to be recut.
Read the whole interview, above.
My take: I can’t even imagine cleavage so bad i would entail that an sntire film be rated R, unless it just wasn’t cleavage but nudity instead. And it had to have been one hell of a shot, like a close-up or something. Medium shot at best. So why did Gunn feel the need to up the rating on Scooby Doo? That would be my question to him. Why add cleavage and get an R-rating when you’re supposed to be directing a kids’ movie.