20th Century Fox Says Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Officially Rated R

May 7, 2012
Source: Collider


Briefly: Earlier today, a user on IMDb was so excited for Ridley Scott's summer sci-fi film Prometheus, that he'd already picked up his IMAX ticket. Collider felt this was newsworthy because it was noted on the purchased ticket that the film was apparently given an R-rating. There has been some debate about whether Scott's film would indeed be going for restricted audiences, but we weren't sure that this was official. Thankfully, 20th Century Fox has followed up to confirm that Prometheus is rated R for "sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language." This is good news for everyone 17 and older!

It's honestly wonderful to hear that they didn't force a PG-13 rating on Ridley Scott, which means this will be his true return to sci-fi form we've all been waiting for. Fox CEO Tom Rothman previously said, "I can assure the fans—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way," and that was back when a PG-13 rating was a possibility. It would've been interesting if Scott made the film he intended and still got a PG-13 rating, but it's obviously a little too dark and violent for the younger crowd, and I'm glad they won't cut anything to avoid the R rating. For your pleasure, here's the second trailer again:

Prometheus is directed by legendary Oscar nominated filmmaker Ridley Scott, who started it all with Alien and Blade Runner, also directing Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Body of Lies and Robin Hood most recently. The screenplay was originally written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour), then updated by Damon Lindelof of "Lost" and Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek 2. Fox has Prometheus set to hit theaters in 3D starting June 8th this summer. Visit Weyland Corp.

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Success we do not have to worry about a movie being dumbed down. Even though they always said whatever rating they received would be the rating they would stick with and not cut any scenes. Which is how it should be done rather than focusing on profit

Steven Morgan on May 7, 2012


Exactly, Steven.  Frankly, I wasn't sweating about the film's biggest concern is whether or not the film will be a _good_ one.  It's Ridley Scott's return to SF, after all, and he's working in a universe that he helped birth.

Scopedog on May 7, 2012


 Yes everyone is happy to see Ridley Scott back on the series, I just feel an moment like this where any director you enjoy creative freedom is not restricted by ratings and appealing to a wider audience is excellent news.

Steven Morgan on May 7, 2012


Agreed. I think plenty of people will see the movie. It wont make Avengers kind of business but it sure will make BETTER!

Buzzfunk on May 7, 2012


 Saw it today, and unfortunately it was "dumbed down". The front end of the film was very strong with epic performances by Michael Fassbender and Charlize Thereon, but midway through I realized the heady concepts the film was founded upon were watered down to make the movie accessible to the masses. The film takes a pedestrian turn then ends on a trite note, going so far as to have two endings, the latter of which was made specifically to pander to the unimaginative.

Freakintiger on Jun 11, 2012



MarlonBranDoh on May 7, 2012



Jericho on May 7, 2012


and YES!

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 7, 2012


Hell YES!

Lagoya on May 7, 2012



Agent Kid Society on May 7, 2012


Thank god for that! So excited for this! Yeas! Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Ss Pincode on May 7, 2012



Davide Coppola on May 7, 2012


Fuck Yeah 

korbindallis on May 7, 2012


FInally some more relief, now all my worries are over, I just hope now that the cut that we will all see in theatres is Scotts true cut

RockySullivan1938 on May 7, 2012


According to Scott, the version that will be released WILL be his cut. 

Scopedog on May 7, 2012


I can not wait! This is my must see movie this summer followed by The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man of course. Rated R for the win. I'm not a fan of Avengers style PG13 anymore. Getting older is hard.

Johnny Neat on May 7, 2012


haha im so with ou! 🙂 I think there's enough room for everyone and there are plenty of people hungry for some true adult hardcore sci-fi. Thats what ALIEN was to me, thats what Blade Runner was to me and from the looks of it, Prometheus will follow...

Buzzfunk on May 7, 2012


You're not a fan of Avengers-style PG-13, but you can't wait for Amazing Spider-Man?  Color me confused.  I'm boycotting Spider-Man, myself.  If ever there was a perfectly good, young series that DIDN'T need a reboot, it's that one.  I would've much preferred a sequel with a new cast to yet ANOTHER origin story.  How many continuities are we supposed to follow, anyway?  I saw screw Sony on this one.

Pat on May 7, 2012


Sony screwed themselves when they let that piece of shit known as Spider-Man 3 be released. Everyone keeps complaining about it being to early to reboot Spider-Man, Am I the only that sees this as a great thing given who was casted as Peter Parker & the new director? I bet everyone forgets about Tobeys version of Spidey by the end of the summer.

Nick on May 8, 2012


Figured. Its Ridley Scott.

Xerxexx on May 7, 2012


"Alien" is one of my Favorite Films of ALL TIME and I just watched "Blade Runner" for the first time the other day (Just never really wanted to watch it) and that Film just blew me out of the Water Im ashamed of myself for waiting so long to watch it! My point is I cant Imagine those Films being PG-13 due to the Fact that Soft SciFi is not Ridley's Style and dont get me wrong Im sure Prometheus would of been AWESOME even if it were PG-13 this Rating just comforts me! 

N. on May 7, 2012


Then I guess I'll always wonder how many people would've gone bonkers if Ridley's final cut actually had been a mere PG-13.  I suspect they'd've immediately started a petition to force HIM to recut it into an R, all the while screaming "artistic integrity!" out the other sides of their mouths.

Pat on May 7, 2012


We may never know. I personally am Happy that it is "R" however if it ended up being PG-13 it would still be an Awesome Movie Im sure. The only reason "Alien" had an "R" rating was due to the ChestBurster scene and I doubt there is a scene like that in this Film but I am sure there will be at least one Really CRAZY scene! We'll just have to wait and see!

N. on May 7, 2012


Good point.... Frankly, though, even if it did get a PG-13, that would not be a major worry for me.  My only concern is whether PROMETHEUS will be a good--or great--film, or not. Since it's Ridley Scott directing, and it's his return to SF, then that makes me hopeful.

Scopedog on May 7, 2012



DoomCanoe on May 7, 2012


 oh evet!

onurtunc on May 7, 2012


SOLD!!! THANK YOU! will see both 2D and 3D

happy camper on May 7, 2012


Bad to the ass news! No teenagers in the theater saying " I dont get this."

mooreworthy on May 7, 2012


 Which is always a plus.

Xerxexx on May 7, 2012


Its that or I just pimp slap them when they wont shut up. Win win

mooreworthy on May 7, 2012


Imagine if the same thing happened to Gladiator. Oh well. This is great news for this movie though.

Max Renn on May 7, 2012


*shrugs* I was going to see it anyways.

Dalton Weaver on May 7, 2012


i expect this to bomb now

HG2012 on May 7, 2012


Great news. No dumbed down movie yay.

Jim D on May 7, 2012


While this is good news, shouting "artistic integrity" and how it shouldn't be about the money is all a little immature most of the time. Prometheus must have had a huge budget and it does need to try and break even. 

Blargh on May 8, 2012


Let this prove that you don't need a PG-13 / 12A rating to get bums on seats - make a good movie and the mass older population will go see it!!!!

Dom on May 8, 2012


I'm now even more excited about watching this film now.

Bazzmosis on May 8, 2012


That's all jolly good news but .. what if it only got the rating for some swear words? It is a possibility, yes? I hope it's brutal as hell. I will never forget the chest burster scene and I hope we get something like that again!

Heci on May 8, 2012


 Thank goodness.  In my chosen Avengers showing, some genius (+ family,) decided it was a good idea to bring his (2 year old?) daughter, who was apparently attempting to grasp the concept of laughter & would laugh really loud, long, and obnoxiously as the audience's laughter was dying down - pretty much ruined it for quite a few folks I imagine - was funny the first time, but got old quick.  (HAHAHAHHAHAAHAA!!) I think Fox did good by allowing Ridley to do his thing.  It may not look good on the bottom line initially, but I guarantee allowing artists like him to do their thing will keep their wallets plenty heavy.

bozo connors on May 8, 2012


Since one of the scenes involves one of the characters' faces being melted right the fuck off, this comes as no surprise...

Squiggly_P on May 8, 2012

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