A PG-13 Expendables? The Softer Side of Rambo 5?

It sure sounds like Sylvester Stallone is getting a tad soft in his old age. Or maybe it’s just the guys he’s playing. Or maybe it’s all about the buckaroos. According to producer Avi Lerner, who is producing both Stallone’s “Expendables” and the upcoming “Rambo 5″ (Lerner says part 5 is definitely going to happen), having such a hard “R” rating for “Rambo 4″ cost the production half of its audience. (How he knows this is beyond me.) So as a result, “Rambo 5″ and possibly “The Expendables” will be a little softer. PG-13 soft.

Via UGO, who interviews Lerner:

Also interesting, there will be both PG-13 and R rated cuts for The Expendables and they will test each to decide which to release. The Expendables is costing about 80 million dollars, thanks to so many real explosions, the star cast, and everything else that goes into making an action flick. The studio wants this film to be a big hit and Avi is hoping to turn it into a franchise – including whoever doesn’t die in the first film in subsequent films. My money is on Dolph dying.

I don’t know about that. You put together a cast like this, filled with guys known for their onscreen bodycount, and you try to finesse a PG-13 flick out of it? I don’t know if that’ll sell to the hardcore fans who’ll be seeing this thing. My guess is “The Expendables” will come out as an R when all is said and done, but I’ve been wrong before. Yesterday I thought it would rain and it didn’t. See?

Below: KA-SWOOSH! (See, cause it’s a PG-13 movie, so KA-BOOM is a no-go. Get it? Ahem.)