Voyagers director Neil Burger reveals what he had to cut to get a PG-13 rating

Plus an addition to his next film, “Daughter of the Swamp King,” starring Daisy Ridley.

With Passengers opening in theaters this weekend, I recently spoke with the director Neil Burger about the creation of his sci-fi thriller. During the interview, he talked about how Passengers shows the possible future of our planet’s survival, the changes it had to make to get a PG-13 rating if it had a longer cut, its desire to eventually release an unrated version, and more. In addition, he talked about directing Billions, how he develops his dream project and the status of his next film, King of the swamp Daughter, with Daisy Ridley.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, Passengers takes place about forty years in the future and is a group of young men and women sent on a very long expedition to colonize a distant planet with the aim of saving the human race. As their mission develops, over time they discover secrets about how they are managed, leading them to explore their most primitive natures. As life on a ship boils down to chaos, they are devoured by fear, lust, and an insatiable hunger for power. Passengers also stars Tye Sheridan,, Lily Rose Depp,, Fionn Whitehead,, Colin Farrell,, Chanté Adams,, Isaac Hempstead Wright,, Viveik Kalra,, Archie Renaux,, Archie Madekwe i Quintessa Swindell.

See what Neil Burger had to say in the player above and below is a list of what we talked about.

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Neil Burger:

  • Was surprised by the popularity Billions?

  • If he could get funding for any project, what would he do and why?

  • How close did they get to getting an R-grade?

  • What they had to change to get a PG-13 rating and why.

  • Was he thinking of an unrated extended cut?

  • Did he have a longer part of the film?

  • How the film shows the possible future of our planet.

  • Has he ever considered telling this story as a series?

  • How they talk Passengers as a possible series.

  • Status King of the swamp Daughter with Daisy Ridley.

Fionn Whitehead and the lily-rose-depp-travelers

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