Now that the Fox and Disney merger has been completed, Walt Disney Studios is set to release its first R-rated film in a decade. ‘Stuber’ starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani rush into theaters this weekend. It will be the first time since 2013, that Disney has released an R-rated film with ‘The Fifth Estate.’ Stuber is part of a series of adult-oriented films hat Fox was working on prior to the merger.
Before the ink even dried on the Disney/Fox merger, business insiders were speculating on what the House of Mouse would do with the popular R-rated films including ‘Deadpool.’ Iger once told the press that Disney would not touch something that was not broken. Iger previously hinted at doing R-rated superhero films.
Marvel Studios would consider possible R-rated films
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, has said that the studio does not deal in adult-oriented films, but would be open to it in the future. Feige says that films like ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’ are successful not because of the rating but because of the studio taking chances and the creative boundaries they pushed. ‘Black Widow’ was originally rumored to be Marvel’s first R-rated film, but Feige ended up squashing those rumors. Upcoming Marvel films including ‘The Eternals,’ and ‘Shang-Chi’ are expected to be rated PG-13.
‘Stuber’ was given its R-rating for violence, language, sexual references, and brief nudity. Disney is set to release several films over the next year that could earn R-ratings including: ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘Ad Astra,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ and ‘Lucy in the Sky.’ If any of these films earn an R-rating, then Disney would be releasing one more R-rated film in the next year.
‘Stuber’ earning rave reviews despite low approval rating
The House of Mouse now controls the rights to franchises such as ‘Alien’ and ‘Die Hard,’ which can’t be done in a PG-13 setting. The release of ‘Stuber’ marks a new chapter for Disney. ‘Stuber’ is being directed by Michael Dowse and boasts a cast that includes Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan. The movie debuted at this year’s SXSW and the response has been fairly positive. However, ‘Stuber’ is maintaining a 49 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is expected to earn $15-20 million this weekend. While it may not seem like a lot, it’s the beginning of the new R-rated Disney future.
Fans and insiders now must wait and see whether ‘ Stuber’ can draw in moviegoers in a box office dominated by Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home.’ With ‘The Lion King’ releasing next week, it could be a struggle for the film to gain much attention. Moviegoers are hoping that ‘Stuber’ delivers what they promised.