FANTASY ISLAND Director Teases Edgier R-Rated Cut
Blumhouse’s horror-twist on Fantasy Island hit theaters this past weekend. And today director Jeff Wadlow teases that there will be an edgier, R-rated cut released one day.
Wadlow tells CinemaBlend: “Upfront I said, ‘Jason Blum, the movie has to be rated R.’ And it’s not. That’s a great example of having to change and kind of go with the flow. I felt that it had to be R, and I thought I shot an R movie, but then when we showed it to an audience we were like, ‘Well, it’s not really that R.’ And just a couple of trims and it was a PG-13.”
He added: “There’ll be a slightly edgier cut that will be available later on. But the movie works, it’s much more about character and emotion, and it doesn’t matter if a movie’s PG-13 or R – those things come through when you have great actors as we have in our film.”
Rated PG-13 for “violence, terror, drug content, suggestive material, and brief strong language” it centers on the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Peña) who makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.
Fantasy Island is directed by Jeff Wadlow from a screenplay he wrote along with Jillian Jacobs and Chris Roach based on the show created by Gene Levitt. Jason Blum produces. It stars Lucy Hale Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, Charlotte McKinney, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Austin Stowell, Michael Rooker, and Michael Peña as Mr. Roarke.