Disney has announced its first R-rated film in six years.
Following their acquisition of Fox in March 2019, Disney will be releasing Fox movies that were completed or in production before the deal finished.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has previously earned a PG-13 rating, but they’ve released movies targeted at an adult audience via other studios such as Touchstone Pictures, Miramax and now Fox.
This means they will be distributing Stuber, which stars Men In Black’s Kumail Nanjiani and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista.
The film follows mild-mannered Uber driver Stu (Nanjiani) and his passenger, L.A. cop Vic (Bautista), as they drive around the city so Vic can complete one of his cases. The buddy cop comedy gained its R-rating for violence and strong language throughout as well as some sexual references and brief nudity.
Their last R-rated release was The Fifth Estate in 2013, in association with Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures. Other previous Disney-Touchstone releases include The Gangs of New York and Apocalypto.
Other Fox films that Disney plan to release include Ford v Ferrari, Ad Astra and Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman.
None of these movies have a rating yet, but their subject matter could see them receiving an R, meaning Disney will release at least one more R-rated film in the next year or two.
Despite this, Disney doesn’t plan to create or release R-rated films under its own name any time soon.
Stuber will be released in the UK on July 12.