After having blown all competition out of the water in the US ‘The Maze Runner’ is coming to the UK and has been slashed from a 15 to a 12A classification for UK movie lovers.
The dystopian sci-fi thriller, which is based on James Dashner’s young adult novel, has been reduced by 43 seconds to secure a lower rating and reach a wider audience.
According to the BBFC, The Maze Runner‘s distributor 20th Century Fox “chose to remove or reduce moments of threat, violence and injury in order to achieve a 12A classification”.
“An uncut 15 was available,” the report concludes.
The film’s classification change is similar to that of 2012’s The Hunger Games, which was reduced by 7 seconds in order to get a 12A. A 15-rated uncut version was later released on DVD and Blu-ray.
‘The Maze Runner’ took a whopping $32.5 million at its weekend opening in the US. The film will get its UK release on October 10.