While the trailers for Ridley Scott‘s newest sci-fi/horror/thriller Prometheus look disturbing enough to give you nightmares, the usual fight over rating has threatened to diminish the movie’s impact. In April, Collider reported that 20th Century Fox‘s CEO Tom Rothman kept demurring when asked how far the movie would be going:
“I can assure the fans—I’m very aware of their concern—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way. So if that means that the film is R, then it’ll be an R. If it’s PG-13, then it’ll be a PG-13, but it will not be compromised.”
So fans got used to the less-than-satisfying idea of a PG-13 film, which would necessarily have to pull some of its more unnerving punches in order to be acceptable. Except that Film Drunk spotted this photo from an IMDb user who pre-ordered his/her tickets:
According to that, at least, the film will be R—and thank God. Because with viral marketing that shows a fanatical Peter Weyland promising that man and machine can coexist, creepy android David, and the audio clip of someone screaming “CUT IT OFF,” we’re expecting a movie that’s going to seriously fuck with us. (Plus, while the original Alien was rated TV-14, whatever that means, Aliens was R, as it should be.) I also agree with Film Drunk that the more adult rating should garner us some naked Michael Fassbender. After all, David’s whole journey throughout the movie is mirroring his human counterparts’ emotions… perhaps that includes sex and all the ugliness associated with it?
Although to be fair, The Avengers did fantastically, and it was only PG-13. But it wasn’t designed to unhinge us the way I’m expecting this to. Prometheus comes out June 1, 2012. I can’t wait!
Photos: Filmofilia, Film Drunk