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Prometheus gets Rating

and it is rated...

By Robert T. Trate     May 06, 2012

There’s been heavy speculation over whether Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi horror film Prometheus would receive an R-rating.  The blockbuster film carries a big price tag, and a PG-13 rating would probably mean a much higher take at the box office.  This weekend 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman, stated that the movie “will not be compromised either way,” and the studio would accept whatever the MPAA handed down.

According to a pre-sale ticket stub, the MPAA has handed down an R-rating for Prometheus.  I’m not sure if that automatically makes the movie better, but I’m happy for the opportunity to see an ambitious summer blockbuster with an R-rating.  The last R-rated sci-fi summer blockbuster I can recall is 2003′s The Matrix Reloaded.  However, it’s late and I’m tired, so I might be forgetting another R-rated summer sci-fi movie released since then. Prometheus opens in 3D on June 8th.

Plot: Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

The sci-fi adventure stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron. Helmer Ridley Scott led from the director's chair, based on a story he developed with writers Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts.

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.


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violator14 5/7/2012 8:37:36 AM

Well an R rating makes ME happier! wow only a month away!! After how long it seemed like I waited for Avengers, a month seems like cakewalk. Haha

wish 5/7/2012 8:52:18 AM

ditto that completely my violating friend!

hanso 5/7/2012 8:56:49 AM

 I believe District 9 was rated R and made plenty of cash.    dont know if itd be considered a blockbuster though.   oh and if this is R then they better show boobs.

Wiseguy 5/7/2012 9:25:17 AM

Nah, that R rating doesn't mean a thing. That's a theater chain printing an R on the ticket because of early sales but the mpaa hasn't given it a rating yet.  Sometimes this very last minute if the studio is trying to edit the film just enough to get the pg13

But Rothman, headman at Fox studios, did say the film would not be compromised. Now what does compromise mean to him. I mean you can edit and delete violence and curse words I think without compromising the film.  Still some will feel cheated regardless if the film isn't rated R

ultrazilla2000 5/7/2012 9:36:10 AM

I don't mind content in a PG-13 film...what I do mind is all the obnoxious, text and talk happy teens that fill the seats and screw the rest of us out of an enjoyable film experience.

jackwagon 5/7/2012 9:42:50 AM

I remember something McG said when Terminator Salvation was rated PG-13, and fans were pissed about watering down the film to get the lower rating.  He said he had studied The Dark Knight and how Nolan had edited that film, to the point where it was made "compromise-free" (i think those were his exact words).  He made a good point that just because a film with high expectations happens to be PG-13 doesn't have to necessarily be a bad thing.  We're primarily talking about filtering language and blood out in order to get such a rating, which doesn't always feel so blatant. 

A major exception here, ironically, happens to be AVP.  I still don't understand how such a film like that was released as PG-13 when all the previous Alien and Predator films were rated R. 

In the case of Prometheus, I wouldn't have cared if it was rated PG-13.  I'm still very excited to see it and I'm sure Ridley Scott is going to surprise a lot of people with what is a bit of a sleeper movie this summer.

RedHood2010 5/7/2012 9:43:26 AM

I would hope the R is for the "intense sci-fi violence and adult theme"  and not for the excessive use of the F bomb.  The first Alien did fine, and that was a discovery type movie, like this one appears to be.

jackwagon 5/7/2012 9:58:52 AM

Oh, and District 9 was rated R, but I don't think it can really count as a blockbuster because it was definitely a sleeper hit.  Nobody had paid any attention to it until after it was released, and then word of mouth spread in its favor.

And even though it wasn't sci-fi, Wanted was rated R and was definitely a big hit in summer 2008.

Wiseguy 5/7/2012 10:12:34 AM

Wanted, Watchmen, D-9 and 300 were all R rated but I think 300 is the only one anyone would consider a blockbuster.

Oh and all the Paranormal Activity films I believe were R and due to their budget are at least pretty big hits

RaithManan 5/7/2012 10:32:32 AM

They need to stop with all the "Lets slap a PG-13 rating on it because it will help bring in more kids to help get our money back" routine.  That tactic has been pissing me off for over 20 years.  All you're really doing is dumbing a movie down for what its really meant to be shown.

With theaters being more strict over the last 5 years by actually doing their job in making younger teens to show ID that they are 17 or having an adult attend with them... studios been making more boneheaded decisions going to the PG-13 because its taking a portion of their profits. 

And don't forget Wiseguy, The Hangover was the highest grossing R-rated film since 300 and I'm pretty sure Warners didn't cry in desperate need to change it to PG-13 when they released the sequel last year under that R rating and it did just as well.

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