British censors have stated that there will have to be seven seconds of cuts from The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, in order for the movie to qualify for a PG-13 rating.
Lionsgate UK made all the changes. The cuts include four scenes of violence, and one scene showing details of injuries. Most of the cuts had excessive blood.
With a PG-13 rating, it signifies that the minimum age requirement is 12-years of age, rather than 13 had Lionsgate stuck to the original cut.
The new rating is great news for Lionsgate in terms of making this film available to a larger movie-going public.
The film will be released March 23 with the disclaimer: “Contains intense threat, moderate violence and occasional gory moments.”
Directed by Gary Ross, and based on Suzanne Collins’ novel, the movie is the first in the trilogy about a group of teens in a post-apocalyptic society struggling to survive a life-or-death televised game show where only one can live.