Prometheus: R rating confirmed
It's definite: Prometheus will be getting an R rating in the US. Phew.
Ordinarily, we wouldn't run a standalone story about the rating that a film had earned. But in this case, it seemed worth making an exception.
There were long-standing fears that Ridley Scott may be forced, or may choose, to deliver a softer, PG-13 rated cut of his eagerly awaited new movie, Prometheus. The film, his return to the Alien universe after more than three decades, is hardly his cheapest, and the suspicion was that Fox would want a PG-13 rated release to maximise box office potential.
It seems, though, that fears have been allayed.
An advance ticket stub popped up over at Collider earlier, which firmly stated that the film had an R rating. The site then contacted 20th Century Fox for confirmation, and confirmation duly followed. The studio has revealed that the R rating was earned for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.”
Now, clearly, an R rating isn't the be all and end all for Prometheus, and there are excellent, creepy films with PG-13 attached to them. But this is the first solid sign that Fox is as good as its word here. It'd previously said that it'd stick by whatever rating the film was given. And that appears to be just what it's done.
In the UK, incidentally, Prometheus is expected to be given a 15 certificate. We'll confirm that on our Twitter feed when we have the news.