With a theatrical release in almost exactly a month, it’s only a matter time before we get an official MPAA rating for Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi Prometheus. 20th Century FOX’s Tom Rothman recently stated that the Alien director just went ahead and made the film without seriously considering what it would get slapped with, and that whatever it is, they’ll go with it sans appeal. We’ve got a first strong clue at what the rating will be today, as an IMDb user (via Collider), has a pre-sale ticket stub that indicates the film will be rated R. See below.
Update: 20th Century Fox 100% confirms the rating to Collider, saying it will be rated R for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.”
As official MPAA ratings get released every Wednesday, I’m sure we’ll get some official confirmation soon. It’s be great to see Scott venture into more adult territory, similar to his first Alien film, but with the relaxed MPAA restrictions on PG-13 tentpoles (see The Dark Knight, The Hunger Games, etc.), I don’t particularly care which way the rating goes.
In other Prometheus news, it looks like we actually won’t get to see an upcoming film because of similarities between possible film and Ridley Scott‘s upcoming one. The film in question in Guillermo del Toro‘s At the Mountains of Madness. After Universal killed the project, the director still indicated as of last summer he’d want to make the adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s beloved novel. Although he’s hard at work on his next film, the sci-fi epic Pacific Rim arriving next summer, he has another update on the possibility of Madness and it’s not looking promising. He took to his official forums to share the news and one can read it below.
I have been interviewed about this lately and wanted to post my two cents about this:
Prometheus started filming a while ago- right at the time we were in preproduction on PACIFIC RIM. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that ALIEN was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.
This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the HPL book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new RS science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause -if not the demise- of ATMOM.
The sad part is- I have been pursuing ATMOM for over a decade now- and, well, fter Hellboy II two projects I dearly loved were not brought to fruition for me.
The good part is: One project did… And I am loving it and grateful for the blessings I have received.
One would think that if Prometheus AND Pacific Rim are big successes, along with other rival sci-fi projects, that this could mean Madness is more likely to get into production, but that isn’t the case. The director said, “both movies seem to share identical set pieces and the exact same BIG REVELATION (twist) at the end. I won’t spoil it.” So, if you’ve read Madness I assume you know the “twist” of Prometheus, but I’m somewhat shocked that they are so identical that we’ll never see an adaptation of Lovecraft’s novel from del Toro. Hopefully he’ll reconsider, since this is sci-fi project I’d love to see come to fruition.
Prometheus hits theaters on June 8th, while Pacific Rim arrives July 2013.
Are you happy at the MPAA prospects of Prometheus? Upset that we’ll likely never see Madness?