‘Prometheus’ is due to hit theaters in a little over a month and it has yet to be rated by the MPAA. While most of the money is made by movies with a PG-13 rating, Fox CEO Tom Rothman assures fans that regardless of the rating, the movie shown in theaters will be the movie that director Ridley Scott wants in theaters.
Many times when the MPAA initially gives a movie an R rating, the studio and directors then recut the film to fit it into a PG-13 criterion. With ‘Prometheus,’ Rothman refuses to have this done:
“This I can tell you and I can tell all the fans, not one frame will be cut. The movie will be what it should be. We will not cut a frame of the film. We will stand behind it 100 percent and if that means it’s an R, then so be it, because not an ounce, not a percentage are we going to compromise the film.”
It’s fantastic to hear a studio exec stand so firmly behind a film as monumental as this one. As Rothman continues to explain, having Fox even take on this project showed how much faith they had in not only Scott but in the concept of the film itself:
“I think the easy thing would have been to make an ‘Alien’ prequel and that’s where it started as an idea, but it evolved. Ridley’s ideas are much bigger than that and it really is a brand-new film, and this is the man who made ‘Blade Runner.’
…’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.”
At a recent footage reveal, Scott had expressed his feelings about the “nonsense” of the MPAA certification process and had stated they should “get their house in order.” This alone indicates that Scott would clearly rather garner a more restrictive rating than compromise his work.
Although we still don’t know what the MPAA has decided on what to rate ‘Prometheus,’ much admiration should go to both Scott and Fox for not backing down against conventional box office strategy of cutting an R rated film just to fit a PG-13 rating criteria. While more profits will be had from the lesser restrictive rating, it’s good to know that if ‘Prometheus’ does garner an R rating, then this is the movie that we were meant to see and not its watered down version.
We’ll soon find out what types of thrills and horrors to expect as ‘Prometheus’ opens in theaters on June 1st.