At this point, we’re so excited about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that we’d get in line even if the film was rated G, but some fans are still worried about the film’s MPAA mark. Ages ago, speculation ran rampant that the film would strive for a more family-friendly PG-13 score from the ratings board – much to the chagrin of fans who feared the lower rating would lead to compromises in terms of Scott’s vision and what he could and couldn’t show.
Empire recently caught up with Scott and they revisited the ratings issue with the filmmaker. While there’s been no final rating from the MPAA at this point, Scott does seem more open to the idea of Prometheus being rated R.
“The question is, do you go for the PG-13, [which] financially makes quite a difference, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Essentially, it's kinda R. It's not just about the 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."
What can we take from this? It seems like Scott knows the film should be rated with the restricted mark, but is doing his best to straddle the line in hopes of getting a PG-13. It will be interesting to see what the MPAA makes of the film – and if the director feels the need to modify anything if it comes back with an initial R rating.
The Prometheus rating isn’t the only thing the filmmaker has been coy and vague about in the lead-up to Prometheus’ debut – he’s also teased audiences wondering just how much of an Alien prequel the film is – going from it being a straight prequel to his classic film, to insisting it’s only linked in very tiny ways.
Scott’s talking a little more about how it all fits (yet still managing to not really answer anything) when he discusses his impetus for revisiting this cinematic universe.
“I always wondered when they did [Aliens] 2, 3 and 4 why they hadn't touched upon that, instead of evolving into some other fantastic story. They missed the biggest question of them all: who's the big guy? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There's all kinds of questions."
Apparently, Scott may provide answers to some of those questions after all. We’ll have to wait until June to find out how it all ties together for sure. In the meantime, here are a few scanned images from that Empire story. There are more, but we'll wait till they're made official before posting them all.
[via CBM and Superhero Hype]