LD Entertainment will release William Friedkin's Killer Joe with an NC-17 rating, opting not to edit it for a more commercial R Rating..
David Dinerstein president of LD Entertainment said:
As we support
the artistic integrity of our filmmakers [...] 'Killer Joe' will be released in theaters on July 27th in its original version as an NC-17 film.
The film has played to enthusiastic crowds at the Venice, Toronto and
South-by-Southwest Film Festivals where many critics have noted this is Matthew McConaughey's best performance to date. As our initial LD Entertainment release, we are excited to bring this very entertaining, funny and provocative film to audiences this
The last major film to bow with an NC-17 ratings was Shame, which earned the vast majority of its grosses overseas.
The MPAA has given an NC-17 rating to William Friedkin's crime drama Killer Joe , prompting Liddell Entertainment to announce it will appeal the ruling.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch and is due for its U.S.
premiere at SXSW in March and a domestic launch this summer.
Hirsch portrays a 22-year-old drug dealer who has his stash stolen by his mother and has to come up with $6,000 quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to Killer Joe (McConaughey)
when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000.
The Classification and Rating
Appeals Board has upheld the NC-17 rating given to the movie Killer Joe .
The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the NC-17 rating for graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a
scene of brutality.
In the appeal brought by LD Entertainment, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Killer Joe from David Dinerstein, President of LD Entertainment, and Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prizewinner, Playwright and Screenwriter.