Ridley Scott On PROMETHEUS Rating And Returning To The ALIEN UNIVERSE

The director discusses whether or not his upcoming horror/science fiction epic, Prometheus, will be rated R. He also comments on his desire to revisit the Alien universe and how the back story for the Space Jockey influenced him to return.

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By Paul Romano - 3/28/2012


Speaking with Empire, Sir Ridley Scott talks about his next project Prometheus, a prequel to his science fiction classic Alien. Scott discusses the possible rating for Prometheus, suggesting that it will be R rated and that it'll be more "stressful" than gory. He also says that the back story for The Space Jockey was one of the factors in his wanting to return to the Alien universe.

On The Possible Rating For Prometheus...
“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.”




On His Interest In Returning To The Alien Universe...
“[I've wanted to revisit the 'Alien' universe for] years! Years, years, years. 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 [the Space Jockey]? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There’s all kinds of questions.”


Click here to check out some new behind-the-scenes photos from Empire's Prometheus-centered May 2012 issue, which hits stands tomorrow.

Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus is set to hit theaters June 8th, later this year.









Source: Empire
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novaprime - 3/28/2012, 11:27 AM
damn so is it RATED R,.. IM HOPING IT IS BECAUSE THE TRAILER SCARED THE SHIIT OUTTA ME
gannicus - 3/28/2012, 11:28 AM
yes they should have touched on the space jockey in the sequels so looking forward to this movie.
Barajasster - 3/28/2012, 11:28 AM
I am so excited for this movie, I saw Alien so many times growing up, I always loved Ridley's vision more than Cameron's and I can't wait to see this. I am so stoked to see what Sir Ridley has up his sleeve.
jazzman - 3/28/2012, 11:30 AM
i have a feel this movie is a PG13. Ridley did not give a straight answer saying the movie is going to be R-Rated. he just said its "it’s kinda R".

look at the Chronicle that movie feels like a R but its PG-13
Greenlantern1417 - 3/28/2012, 11:31 AM
Well if they had used part 3 or 4 to explain the Space Jockey then Ridley wouldn't get this chance to really answer those questions.
Solitario - 3/28/2012, 11:36 AM
Awesome film!
Solitario - 3/28/2012, 11:36 AM
AlexDeLarge87 - 3/28/2012, 11:45 AM
jazz@ Might be possible that its PG13 in the big screen and R on the dvd but honestly i dont think the rating counts that much. If the mood is right it could still be [frick]ing scary.
GUNSMITH - 3/28/2012, 12:09 PM
THOSE ARE QUESTIONS RIDLEY WILL ANSWER FOR US IN THE FILM. SPACE JOCKEY...COOL
jazzman - 3/28/2012, 12:16 PM
@AlexDeLarge87

u might be right but thats not fair to the people who cant wait to see. remember the good old dates when film studios just release R-Rated movie and they make major money.
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 3/28/2012, 12:18 PM
@ ckal - no, it's hanging more like a pack of bacon. It's taken a hearty pounding over the years!
ralfinader - 3/28/2012, 12:25 PM
@Jazz- It sounds like Scott made the movie he wanted to make, and no doubt the studio let him do his thing, but it will be up to the ratings board. It's possible they can come back with an 'R' rating and the studio will request Scott edit it into a PG-13 version, but Scott's history of succesful movies, regardless of ratings should keep what Ridley wants in the movie and off the editing floor.

Alien, Bladerunner, Legend, Prometheus!
GreyChaos13Zero - 3/28/2012, 12:31 PM
I hope this movie is heavy on the sci-fi and twists like Resurrection, and I think Resurrection gave us a glimpse as to why they wanted the Space Jockey?)
headlopper - 3/28/2012, 12:37 PM
@yossarian - A year from now , you'll be looking backward at it.

It's kinda like if tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.

Or like something with 'all-natural artificial flavor'.

Or powered-water! Good to have in a drought.
xXkryptoniteXx - 3/28/2012, 12:38 PM
Here's the thing, they wanted to make it a mystery why the space jockey was there which is brilliant because we wouldnt have gotten him coming back to do it. It is now a full circle if you think about it and I'm glad his in this project. I'm guessing the space jockey is the guy walking around(the bold guy with vanes), that's probably his mask or helmet onces his strapped on that, what looks to be a weapon or a telescope.

Watching too much of these teaser and trailers just gets your idea going on what is going on and can spoil you. So I'm not watching no more of the trailers since I've already seen 3 of them and I'm very excited for this movie already. I can't wait.
THEHAWK - 3/28/2012, 12:52 PM
Good to see his is still passionate about the franchise. My most anticipated film of the year
Fogs - 3/28/2012, 1:02 PM
@xXkryptoniteXx - If you look in the trailer that specific scene shows Space Jockey "opening" in the chest and arms, as if he's wearing a suit.

My guess is also that the machine he sits on is either a sinalizer (from where he sent the distress call) or a cannon to destroy something.

This movie will be really boss.

And IM53, good call on the gifs, epic scenes of modern cinema.
AlexDeLarge87 - 3/28/2012, 1:04 PM
jazz@ Yeah i miss those days.
Tevii - 3/28/2012, 2:31 PM
I wanted to write a third AVP. After the incident that caused the Predator ship to crash in the beginning of the second AVP, the Predators decided to take extra precautions with the Alien eggs. So rather than transport the Alien eggs themselves, they commissioned a new third alien race to transport them before a big hunt. That race would be the Space Jockeys. Then at the end you find out the ship that is in Alien part one was a ship that was supposed to deliver eggs for a Predator hunt, but the jockey got "infected" and it crashed on LV426.
6of13 - 3/28/2012, 2:40 PM
Prometheus is going to be epic.

lol...May the Schwartz be with yououououo

PG13 or R...either way it will be brilliant. Perhaps even brilliant enough to pass $1billion.

Fogs - 3/28/2012, 2:45 PM
@Bagadoosh - LOL I was searching for this one!
AsianVersionOfET - 3/28/2012, 4:51 PM
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!
poop23 - 3/28/2012, 8:46 PM
I'm glad no one else considered expanding on that story, I'm much happier with Ridley handling that
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 3/28/2012, 9:23 PM
I didn't notice this before but the shots of the Jockey walking around before he sits in the chair to put on that helmet are amazing. Looking guuuuud so far!!
GiantNerd0720 - 3/28/2012, 11:20 PM
This movie is going to flippin rule if it's rated R.
CoolantTech - 3/29/2012, 1:13 AM
You can make a Pg-13 movie feel R rated, just minimize expletives, sex, & blood
Bandrews1 - 3/29/2012, 6:37 AM
So is it PG-13 or R? Even though either way I'm still psyched for this movie.
GiantNerd0720 - 3/29/2012, 12:21 PM
If it's pg13 it's still going to kick major ass. In horror type films especially though, it's nice to have people react in a human way. Which you think would be something pretty vulgar.

I know I would say "holy f*cking shit!"

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