The rating for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is still yet to be announced, but with the film just over a month off, we should be hearing news of the film rating very quickly. The actual rating of the film has become a key talking point, with some fans crying out for an R rating, or 18 here in the UK, while others are happy so long as nothing gets cut from the film in order to get a lower, more commercial rating.
Ridley Scott himself has said the film we see in cinemas from 1st June here in the UK, will be his director’s cut and he does not intend to cut anything. With the sort of power Scott commands, and the respect 20th Century Fox have for the great man, if he refuses to cut his film then who the hell is going to tell him otherwise? I think it is fair to say the finished product will indeed be Scott’s true vision, and whatever the rating, it will be awesome.
So, many fans are crying out for an R-rating, but if you look at Alien, would it really have been issued an R-rating, or 18 here in the UK in todays climate? The BBFC are passing many films as 15, when years ago they would have been 18’s, so let’s not get too upset should Prometheus turn out to be a 15 (which is what I suspect it will be). A15 here in the UK could be a PG-13 in the US, and while this may upset a large number of fans, let’s just be content with the fact that nothing will be cut.
Collider.com caught up with 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman at CinemaCon this week, and asked him about his plans for the Prometheus rating, and I am sure you will agree that his response is very promising indeed:
“I can assure the fans—I’m very aware of their concern—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way. So if that means that the film is R, then it’ll be an R. If it’s PG-13, then it’ll be a PG-13, but it will not be compromised”
Now that is exactly the kind of response we want to hear. No cuts, and none of this dumbing the film down nonsense for a wider audience. Prometheus will be huge no matter what certificate it is, and while an 18 here in the UK usually kills a film in cinemas, I don’t think that will be the case for Prometheus. If it does end up an 18, it will be the biggest 18 certificate cinema film in years!
Rothman also briefly spoke about the idea of Prometheus not just being a simple Alien prequel:
“[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’ That would have been the easy thing to do. Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do. It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years.”
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Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Ben Foster, and will arrive in UK cinemas 1st June 2012.
In the distant future two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team members discover an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus’ he creates a groundbreaking mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
By Matt Wavish