Disney Releasing First R Rated Film in Six Years

With the merger of Disney and Fox Movies, Disney inherited a number of projects Fox had in either pre or post production and some that were slated but still in conceptual phase. This includes R Rated Movies, not exactly something Disney is friendly with.

8Disney owned Miramax Films from 1993 to 2010 and in that time, Miramax released a number of R Rated films but under Miramax and not Disney. During the time that Disney owned Miramax, Disney reserved the right to veto and film that was set to be released by the company that Disney deemed to go against their interests. One notable film that Disney demanded Miramax drop their investment in was Fahrenheit 9/11. Miramax also owned the rights to the company Dimension Films, therefore Disney technically owned that as well and they released a number of R Rated films during that timeframe as well.

In addition, Disney has owned Touchstone Pictures since 1984 and Disney tends to use this label to release films that are not exactly Disney material.

Here are just a few of the films released under Miramax and Dimension during their time owned by Disney:

  • Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) 9
  • Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 and Volume 2 (2003-2004)
  • Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996)
  • Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Lasse Hallström’s The Cider House Rules (1999)
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
  • Wes Craven’s Scream (1996)
  • Wes Craven’s Scream 2 (1997)
  • Wes Craven’s Scream 3 (2000).
  • Bad Santa (2003)
  • The Amityville Horror (2005)

Here are some of the Touchstone films released with the R Rating:

  • Pretty Woman (1990)  10
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  • Con Air (1997)
  • Enemy of the State (1998)

With the acquisition completed in March 2019, Disney will be releasing the Fox movies that were completed or in post-production before the deal was finished. One of the films that Disney will be releasing is Stuber which is in theaters July 12.

11The film stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista and features an Uber driver and an L.A. cop as Stu (the Uber driver) drives Vic (cop) all over the city on a case. The film earned an R rating for its language, sexual references, nudity and violence. Not exactly characteristics one associates with a Disney film.

12The last film that Disney released with the R Rated distinction was The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This film was released in association with Touchstone Pictures which, as we mentioned earlier, is the name Disney uses to release such films generally.

Disney will be releasing several of Fox’s films that are likely to come with an R rating but has no plans to develop or produce films directly under the Disney name.

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