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Ridley Scott on Prometheus' rating and why he did the film after all this time

03.29.2012

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Sir Ridley Scott and his achingly-anticipated film PROMETHEUS are currently on the cover of UK movie magazine Empire, and within can be found this small collection of information that illuminates a bit about what goes on inside the head of one of the most talented directors currently working.

"[I've wanted to revisit it for] years! Years, years, years," Scott stressed about the Space Jockey character found in ALIEN"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."

Space Jockey drawing

As for the rating - with THE EXPENDABLES 2 we saw how important a rating can be to fans of a particular property, considering what it can potentially symbolize about a project's tone.  And while some people may end up being unhappy if PROMETHEUS turns out to be PG-13, I would suggest paying attention to the fact that Scott seems to know exactly where a rating should come from.  It's not always merely a matter of gore and language - sometimes a rating can come from something simply being disturbing as hell.  And, Scott goes on to suggest, even if publically the film is PG-13 it will still almost be R in spirit.  "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."

I trust Ridley Scott to do right be us, holding nothing back in the telling of what will no doubt be a very tough (but exciting) story to experience.  What about you?

Prometheus Empire cover

Extra Tidbit: I feel like THE DARK KNIGHT accomplished rather well the balancing act of being terrifying and visceral in thought/action/method/tone while still retaining a PG-13 rating for revenue purposes.
Source: Empire

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