With The Avengers having destroyed the weekend box office, summer movie season is officially underway (on May 7th, no less…). Now that we’ve seen one of this year’s most anticipated titles, it’s time to start looking ahead to rest of this summer’s heavy hitters – and few are bigger than Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. With that in mind, we’ve got two interesting tidbits to pass your way today.
First up, it appears that the film will be released with an R rating after all.
After months of speculation from bloggers to studio bosses to Ridley Scott himself, a pre-release ticket stub appears to have settled the debate once and for all. IMDB user Dvonnesoneek posted the image to the left -- featuring his pre-sale ticket, which is boldly emblazoned with an R rating. While not 100% definitive proof of the rating (we’ll wait for the MPAA’s official announcement for that), this is a pretty good indicator that Prometheus will be that rarest of birds – the R-rated summer blockbuster.
Initial concern was that releasing the film with a restrictive R rating would potentially limit the audience (and revenues), but 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman had gone on record saying the studio would accept whatever the MPAA decided and that the film “will not be compromised either way.” I guess now we’ll see if he was being serious when he said that. [via Collider]
In other news, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is hard at work on his giant monster movie Pacific Rim – but the director took time out of his busy schedule to talk about his other passion project, the currently dead-in-the-water adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness. What he has to say may surprise you.
While it appears as though Universal ultimately got cold feet because of the price tag (estimates were north of $150 million – a lot for an R-rated feature even if it did feature Tom Cruise in the leading role), Del Toro hints at another outside force that was devastating to his still unproduced feature: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Del Toro believes his take on At the Mountains of Madness and Scott’s film would have ultimately been too similar – sharing not only some of the same themes, but also the major climactic twist. Because of these perceived similarities, Del Toro has essentially given up on his dream of ever making a big budget feature based on one of Lovecraft’s most enduring works.
Del Toro explained his predicament on his official fansite, saying:
“Prometheus started filming a while ago- right at the time we were in preproduction on Pacific Rim. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that Alien was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.
This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the Greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM.”
When asked by a commenter as to why the success of Prometheus would potentially derail his film for good, GDT responds with, “Same premise. Scenes that would be almost identical,” and then adds “Both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won't spoil it.”
The key phrase there is “seem to share” – meaning Del Toro is apparently not 100% sure it’s the same – so maybe there’s still hope – but things still look decidedly bleak for one of the most intriguing projects on Del Toro’s docket. [via IndieWire]