Earlier this morning, a pre-sale ticket photo began to make its round on the internet for Prometheus proclaiming the film had gained an R-rating. However, due to the fact that theaters simply had to place a rating on the ticket, the credibility was just a little bit skeptical. Now, 20th Century Fox has luckily come out to finally reveal that the MPAA has in fact given the upcoming sci-fi epic its grade, and its very much in line with its predecessors.
After a report from Collider initially kicked the rating frenzy off, Fox has officially revealed that Prometheus will be Rated-R for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.” This really doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as given the Alien films’ graphic nature, they too were met with the same rating. However, it was director Ridley Scott’s comments earlier this year the made it unsure. Scott had stated that PG-13 or R regardless, he was going to aim for what captured his complete vision while also gaining him the biggest audience possible.
Just because the film is R doesn’t necessarily mean the audience has now shrunk. Prometheus has a great amount of hype going for it, and primarily those who want to see the film are fans of either sci-fi or the original Alien films themselves. While personally I don’t believe the rating on Prometheus really matters, it’ll be very interesting to see how the film does. The last huge R-rated summer film was last year’s The Hangover: Part II, which gained $175+ million during the long Memorial Day weekend. While its unlikely to grab the same numbers, its certainly poised to be a heavy hitter with many fans behind it.
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.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Theron, and more, Prometheushits theaters on June 8th.