PR statements are always just that, no matter the film. It's certainly reasonable to bear in mind that because their words demonstrate awareness that it necessarily translates to the actual final film. But yes, I do think they knew what they were doing first time around.
That's why I intend to go and see it.
'If the Apocalypse starts, beep me!' - Buffy Summers
'The sky's the limit.....' Jean-Luc Picard, 'All Good Things'
courtesy of Saquist