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Exclusive: Ridley Scott On Prometheus
Talks Space Jockey and ratings

28 March 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Exclusive: Ridley Scott On Prometheus

Ridley Scott's Prometheus adorns the cover of this month's Empire (on sale tomorrow, fact lovers) and his words are to be found inside. Tremendous words they are, too.

The director sat down to talk exclusively through his impending science-fiction epic, soup to nuts, delving deep into his Alien past to shed light on his return to the world of the Space Jockey.

"[I've wanted to revisit it for] years! Years, years, years," he stresses of Alien's space traveller subplot. "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? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There's all kinds of questions."

Another question for Scott is the film's rating. He hints that the violence may have been toned-down enough to facilitate a PG-13 rating, but intriguingly suggests that the impact will match the R-grade shocks of Alien and Aliens. "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."



Catch the interview in full in Empire's May issue, out on March 29. Prometheus, meanwhile, is out on June 1 in 3D.

 

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Money and kids fucking ruin some films...
There are some rubbish arguments on here about whether this film should be a 12A/PG13. Yes, just because a film is a 12A doesn't mean it will be rubbish - for example, The Dark Knight. However, this is a film about violent Aliens that have acid for blood and, in numerous previous films, have killed people in disgustingly gory ways. Those people said 'Fuck' a lot too, surprisingly. This film shouldn't be anything less than a 15, because then it wouldn't be a film from the same Alien universe! More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 14:17 on 04 April 2012 | Report This Post

...It's not meant to be for children...
...any good looking film that has obtained a 12a rating is just asking for unexpecting younglings to drag their parents to the cinema to see a film they have little idea about. As of these ratings, I will give a few examples of my (annoyingly) unforgetable experiences in 12a films that make me want to demand a refund on my ticket: The Woman In Black: Although not that scary, I've had to put up with crying toddlers. Although I said it's the kids that want to see these films, in this example More

Posted by MrHenry at 17:40 on 03 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Via build up and suggestion a lot of terror can be evoked without the need for overt gore. That said, 12A seems a little wrong. But then that also said, TDK raised the bar at 12A for creating fear at what might be about to happen, and we didn't have to see Rachel being blown apart for the unrelenting build up to that explosion to be quite terrfiying, and for the consequences of the event to add melancholy to the rest of the film. Can such levels of terror be consistently delivered in a 12A More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:25 on 29 March 2012 | Report This Post

Article is great but why is the empire iPad edition suddenly a fiver and not four quid for this issue,been buying the print issue since the beginning and have tried the ipad edition for a while but hate being conned, disappointed in Empire, will stop buying now :( More

Posted by geiger167 at 10:12 on 29 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: NO PG-13 RATING PLEASE!!
L: criffle Can't we have a big sci fi movie aimed at adults for once, rather than catering to kids as well. I want to be shocked and horrified, not mildly shocked. If this is a PG-13 then I'll just wait for the DVD. Hollywood sucks these days. he Dark Knight was a PG-13 and their is nothing toned down about the violence in that. Think people have got to get over this idea that just because something isn't R rated its going to be a shit film. If all your interested in is violence and More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:44 on 29 March 2012 | Report This Post

I just lost all hope!
A five star trailer for no doubt a three star film. That makes a change! More

Posted by ChicksHands at 00:32 on 29 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Ridley Scott On Prometheus
L: MonsterCat L: directorscut Was the G-rated Space Odysseyng for kids? hat is it with you and fucking 2001, dude? ote] Well it is probably the most adult sci-fi movie ever made and it's G rated, the perfect counterpoint to anyone claiming that a movie has to be R-rated to be adult. More

Posted by directorscut at 20:37 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: NO PG-13 RATING PLEASE!!
L: directorscut L: criffle Can't we have a big sci fi movie aimed at adults for once, rather than catering to kids as well. I want to be shocked and horrified, not mildly shocked. If this is a PG-13 then I'll just wait for the DVD. Hollywood sucks these days. as the G-rated Space Odysseyng for kids? ope. It also was not a prequel to a film that was essentially a horror film set in space. Oh, and for anyone hoping this will be "R" rated in its theatrical release, for More

Posted by My name is Legion at 19:12 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: Ridley Scott On Prometheus
L: directorscut Was the G-rated Space Odysseyng for kids? hat is it with you and fucking 2001, dude? More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:54 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: NO PG-13 RATING PLEASE!!
L: criffle Can't we have a big sci fi movie aimed at adults for once, rather than catering to kids as well. I want to be shocked and horrified, not mildly shocked. If this is a PG-13 then I'll just wait for the DVD. Hollywood sucks these days. as the G-rated Space Odysseyng for kids? More

Posted by directorscut at 18:34 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

NO PG-13 RATING PLEASE!!
Can't we have a big sci fi movie aimed at adults for once, rather than catering to kids as well. I want to be shocked and horrified, not mildly shocked. If this is a PG-13 then I'll just wait for the DVD. Hollywood sucks these days. More

Posted by criffle at 17:44 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: are you a replican or a replican't?
L: Dr Science sorry I'll get my coat liked that, you can stay Dr Science :D More

Posted by 7eke at 17:19 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

stoopid web browser
ruining a distinctly below-par third-tier joke. pfft More

Posted by brent33 at 16:55 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

can...
...ah forget it. More

Posted by brent33 at 16:54 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

can...
...ah forget it. More

Posted by brent33 at 16:50 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

can...
...ah forget it. More

Posted by brent33 at 16:35 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

or maybe...
he can make an R rated directors cut, final cut, extended cut, unrated cut etc... like Blade Runner More

Posted by danyk at 16:24 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

are you a replican or a replican't?
sorry I'll get my coat More

Posted by Dr Science at 15:46 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

well....
......fairplay if you wanna can-can, you can. to be honest i want more can, and if Ridley says he can, i believe he can. i mean he is the man who can More

Posted by 7eke at 15:25 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

not an idiot but....
... I'll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can." Not an idiot no, but too many can's there. Oh whatever, I CAN'T wait for this film to be in the can, makes me wanna can-can. More

Posted by fairplay32 at 14:08 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post


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