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Ridley Scott Says 'Prometheus' "Should Be" Rated R; New Pics Of Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Rafe Spall & More

by Benjamin Wright
March 29, 2012 9:25 AM
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You may remember us mentioning the latest “Prometheus”-filled Empire magazine recently, the one that coined Noomi Rapace “The New Ripley.” Well it looks as if now that the issue is hitting newsstands it includes quite a bit of juicy information regarding Ridley Scott’s promising summer blockbuster.

Scott mentioned back at Comic-Con that he was planning to create PG-13 and R-rated cuts of the film, which has become the norm for the filmmaker, and let Fox make the decision as to which is the proper cut to release. Scott had the following to tell Empire regarding the outcome of the film’s rating: “Right now I don’t know where we are. The question is, do you go for the PG-13, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Financially it makes quite a difference, or the risk makes quite a difference, and yet you also have to apply the question — if you soften it, will you financially suffer?” said Scott. “As opposed to just going for the throat and gambling. Essentially, it’s kinda R. The little bastards will still get in anyway, so what’s the difference? It’s not just about blood, it’s about ideas that are very stressful. I’m not an idiot, but I’ll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can.”

It’s clear that Scott favors a hard R-rating, and we can’t say we disagree with his yearning for a ferocious gamble, especially since all “Alien” films except “Alien Vs. Predator” went R. Since we haven’t actually seen the film, it’s hard to tell if a PG-13 would soften the blow of what’s looking to be a hard-hitting blast of sci-fi action, but we can understand the financial stress it could be putting Fox under. It's already still unknown if "Prometheus" has stirred interest outside the core fanbase for the movie, and slapping an R on a sci-film (one of the toughest sells at the box office), with few major league stars could be a risk the studio doesn't want to take.

Regardless of rating, we’ll be there on opening day. Here are some new images from the film from pages of the magazine. [Empire via /Film]

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  • cirkusfolk | March 29, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    Not that I have a preference, but I'm curious what is needed in the film that will make it R? If there is any nudity or f-bombs it is gonna be R. That's the simple part. So then as far as the violence goes, Scott should know if he filmed any heads exploding or not. I didn't really see anything in the trailer that would give it an R rating. Most people still don't realize the reason most films get their R rating is from the cursing. The MPAA is pretty cool with violence, but just like with the doc Bully...they still don't give much slack with "fuck."

  • Another Film Maker | March 29, 2012 12:24 PM

    Unfortunately your comments don't reflect the reality of the MPAA and the Ratings Board. The actual decisions made are arbitrary and inconsistent.

    I know this first hand, having just finished directing my first film and despite the fact that there is virtually no blood on screen, (and no nudity/cursing), the realism portrayed in the action scenes (recreating war battles) and the intensity of the character's emotions surrounding painful events - and thus the reaction to the film from the board members - was strong enough it convinced the board to give it an R rating.

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