Ridley Scott Talks ‘Prometheus’ Rating, 3D Effects & More

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Excitement is sky-high right now for director Ridley Scott’s return to the realm of horrifying science-fiction with Prometheus. The marketing campaign for the movie has done an excellent job of playing it up as a darkly gorgeous, yet disturbing blockbuster that further explores the Alien universe (prior to the events of Scott’s original 1979 film) – but has more than a few tricks up its sleeve, with regards to its plot twists and previously-unseen extraterrestrial monsters.

Naturally, everyone wants to hear what Scott has to say about the project. Today, we’ve rounded up a couple of recent interviews with the filmmaker that focus more on aspects like Prometheus‘ rating and 3D effects – and (thankfully) not just the exact nature of this movie’s connection the larger Alien franchise.

Here’s what Scott says about the rating for Prometheus (via Empire):

“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.”

Early Prometheus footage has strongly hinted at a pretty non-PG-13 affair, what with such imagery as characters’ faces being melted or people slumping around half-naked, splattered with blood. Even if the film does manage to squeak by without an R Rating (which doesn’t seem too likely) it could easily still pack as troubling a punch as we’re all hoping for.

Scott also reiterated (once again) that the backstory for The Space Jockey was a big factor in his decision to call the shots on Prometheus, rather than hand it over to another director:

“[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.”

As much as longtime Alien fans are excited to finally learn about the identity of the creature who wears the Space Jockey suit, that aspect of the Prometheus mythology seems far less interesting than the lofty themes and layers of meaning implicit to its central narrative. Hence, everyone who keeps referring to this flick as an Alien prequel… well, that perspective really seems to miss the greater points of Scott’s new project.

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The mysterious being behind the Space Jockey in 'Prometheus'

In a separate interview with Total Film, Scott also elaborated on the use of 3D in Prometheus (which was shot in that format, rather than post-converted):

“I’m kind of naturally visual anyway, that’s where I come from. And you’re working off superb 3D screens, which are on the floor, and are really big. It was just wonderful… I was shooting on 3D, then seeing it on the floor. It was easy, I must say… You only want to push it so far, before it becomes arrows popping out of the screen and stabbing you in the eye. You use it for visual effect.

“… I’m actually decided right now how deep to make [the depth of field in 'Prometheus'] on certain sequences. So you can literally, as it were, twiddle a knob, and the depth will increase. It’s kind of bizarre, but there it is. Technologically it’s absolutely staggering. I was working with MPC in London, looking after almost 1,300 big FX shots, and every night they would pipe through shots to a big screen in my office in Lexington Street; I would sit there watching a sequence that had just been graded or refined in perfect 3D. Really amazing.”

By early accounts of those who’ve watched the Prometheus IMAX trailer in 3D up on the big, big screen, the film looks just as marvelous as Scott is saying here. Suffice it to say, we’re excited to see the results for ourselves.

Prometheus arrives in theaters (2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.

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Source: Empire, Total Film [via Comic Book Movie]

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  1. I expect this will be the best use of 3D to date all due
    to the talents of Sir Ridley and probably by a long shot.

    • That would be pretty cool, I’m looking forward to being emersed in this film. Although I want Spider-man to make good use of its 3D too (I think it’s the only other film coming out this year that was natively shot in 3D), so if Riddley Scott really does blow his competition away, it’d better be because it was mind numbingly fantastic.

      • The Hobbit is also shot in native 3D, oh I’m slobbering.
        My 3D-TV needs new fodder, so I hope they make more and more in native 3D.
        It’s interesting that the post-converted 3D-Movies are looking much better on the small screen at home, than at the big one in the cinema, IMO. But there is nothing like native 3D, of course.

    • Altough we all hail Sir Ridley – I haven’t seen him operating the new technique in any of the films. So, I hope he artful mastery of direction will translate into tech savvy direction as well.

      But his remarks make it out to be a good effort. So let’s hope these early reveiwers are right. I’ll be sure to give it a go in one of its 3D showings.

      • One of the things I love about Sir Scott is his expertise in camera technology. There’s no doubt that his use of 3D will be very effective.

  2. I finally have respect for Ridley Scott by this statEment:

    “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.”

    In your face, McG for destorying Terminator Salavtion by making it PG-13.

    Prometheus will be a awesome movie after this kind of accoument of the rating.

    • McG didnt destorying Terminator Salavtion by making it PG-13. its WB fault cause they wanted it to be PG-13.

      also Ridley Scott did not give a straight answer he said its kinda R does not mean it is a R.

      • The MPAA has to rate it. They do that, nobody else. If it’s R by thematic elements, it’s R whether they bleed or not, whether they swear, or curse, or get naked or not.

        The Matrix was rated R. You really can find no reason for this as far as nudity and language and violence are concerned.

        It’s actually a pretty tame movie on that end.

        • Just because the MPAA rates it, doesn’t mean the studios don’t try to game the system. The studios knows what will cuts will make a PG-13, they’re supplying the money (so they have leverage for changing the content), and they know that PG-13 *automatically* guarantees a higher turnout. If the studio wants a PG-13 film, they’ll get a PG-13 film.

    • Yes, b/c an R rating would have made up for all the mistakes made in TS /sarcasm.

  3. Yeah, Mace then why was Termiantor Salavtion was made if the first two movies were R rated.

    So basically, mace, you believe that WB destory the Terminator series, not the driectors of Terminator 4 and Terminator Salavtion.

    Okay, mace, tell me what went wrong with the series after Terminator 2 in your opnion?

    • please learn to spell

    • they basically did destroy the series. the first 2 good Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day movies was not produce by Warner Bros.

      Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation are both been distributed by Warner Bros. guess what they are both bad movies that is part of the series. WB have done alot of s*** movies. they wanted both directors to tone down Terminator movies.

      just like Batman Forever and Batman and Robin they told the director to make the movie kid friendly.

      • how do you explain shumacher giving batman nipples on his suit?

        • he had nipples on his mind :p.

      • It has nothing to do with rating. Terminator 3 was rated R, and it was garbage in my opinion. It’s b/c they didn’t put as much thought into the films as Cameron did with the first two.

        • Terminator 3 was PG-13 in the UK

  4. The movie’s coming out in 3D the studio can make back all the would-be profits from the pg-13 crowd that way. Give the die-hards what they want..an R rating. Sheesh compromise you greedy sons of wenches

  5. Good one, mace, I agree with your opinion.

  6. wow i turn 50 on june 8th,and i get this for my birthday,
    cant wait for it happy birthday to me :)

  7. This movie is looking better and better the visuals are really amazing. Ridley Scott has brought us the true interpitaton of the Alien universe as only he can do so. I’m really looking forward to watching this :)

  8. Totally agree with Scott about the Space Jockey.
    I’ll admit I still haven’t seen Alien Resurrection and from what I’ve heard I don’t plan to. But I remember thinking before 2 & 3 that I hoped they would get into that particular storyline.
    I believe I’m about 1 in millions that feel that way.

  9. Why don’t studios try this experiment. Start releasing films in 2 versions. An R rated and a PG13 rated version. That way they can still satisfy the fans and make their money. If anything it will show what the public really wants.

    • They do, that’s why we get a “director’s cut” with films when they hit dvd/blu-ray. besides, it would cost them more money to release two different versions in theaters.

    • yeah like do something like show the pg13 version during the day and the r version at night or something

  10. lorenzo. yes that would be epic. no reason y they couldnt.

    • Two different prints would cost the studios a lot more, split revenue between versions, and dilute advertising. There are many reasons why they won’t do it (in cinemas anyway). All those reasons have little dollar signs at the front.

  11. Man I hope it’s R. This will be epic.

  12. I really hope this movie is going to be rated R but there have been plenty of films released in recent years that have been horrific in both language and violence but have gotten away with a PG-13. I think this movie should make enough money to make a healthy profit rated R but 20th Century Fox will try and maximise this anyway possible.

  13. Ridley Scott (who I love because he made some of my favorite movies of all time) kinda worries me a little. I’m super pumped for this movie but since 2003 matchstick men all of his films have been huge dissapointments for me. Maybe its my fault but when I go see a Ridley Scott film like (kingdom of heaven, body of lies, American gangster) I’m expecting a lot. Maybe I just get my hopes to high.

  14. I have to agree with Ridley Scott and some of the others who have committed on this site. Every director kept going forward with the Aliens but never thought of exploring the other Alien being that was lying there dead. I mean I was a kid and I wanted to know the story behind that thing. It never got done. Maybe that was a good thing, because now Scott is back in the driver seat.

    • …commented…my bad.

  15. If this movie does not hurry up and come out pretty soon I am gonna have a chest-burster moment for explode like The Space Jockey or something! This will be the movie of the year contender along with avengers! I can hardly wait. And you bet I will proudly buy the DVD!

    • What’s a DVD?

  16. Can someone explain how shooting this 3d will help? Isn’t the environment basically all computer generated?

    • No, Scott did most of the effects and environments practically. I forgot who it was that told him on one of his films, but basically the advice was “If you can do it practically, do it practically because it looks a lot better. It’s also more cost effective than going full on digital.” Supposedly, he’s heeded these words ever since. Plus, if you check out the trailer, you can see a lot of the practical effects, sets, and backgrounds in the movie. As for what the 3D is for, my thoughts are that Scott wanted to give the movie a little edge. If Prometheus is as edgy and hardcore as the trailer is making it out to be (which it definitely will be) then the 3D will add more to the experience.

  17. I`m glad Ridley Scott came up with the inception of his original story, pretty sure this film will be awesome…all his films are awesome !

  18. wow u americans have the stupidest rating system in the world!!!!!!! what u guys rate R is typically m or ma which is 15 +. anyway i hope Prometheus is R in america so that it will be more full on and action packed

  19. I agree, Jack, I wish they would stick in one more rating between PG-13 and R.

    • well it only makes sense, the rest of the world has a 15 and or 15+ rating its so much better. in any american movie that has more than like 2 swear words or a sex scene its R so they cut that and screw up the movie for the rest of the world

  20. I would be fine with a 14 a rating

  21. Yes this film looks great but the big question is where do the aliens come from

    • Maybe you’re new to the planet. Typically we watch the film to find out the plot details.

  22. this film better be rated-r ,if not im not gonna see this film just ruin your comeback ridley scott

    • Ugh. Hyperbolic nonsense. Yeah, it’d be great if this was rated R, but it’s not going to ruin anything if it’s PG-13.