The Avengers might be the movie everyone's talking about, but we haven't forgotten about Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic Prometheus. With a little more than a month left before it lands in theaters, Fox executives are still waiting for word on the film's rating, and promising that regardless of whether it lands a PG-13 or an R, they won't ask Scott to change a thing.
Word that Scott's film will stay intact regardless of any rating (and, by extension, marketing) considerations came from 20th Century Fox studio Chief Tom Rothman, who promised at CinemaCon this week that "not one frame" of the film will be cut.
"The rating board has not opined yet and it will go in to the board soon," Rothman said. "This I can tell you and I can tell all the fans, not one frame will be cut. The movie will be what it should be. We will not cut a frame of the film. We will stand behind it 100 percent and if that means it's an R, then so be it, because not an ounce, not a percentage are we going to compromise the film."
There's nothing wrong with an R rating, but it does make it harder for a film to earn money simply because teenagers can't see it so easily. When it comes to big-budget efforts like Prometheus, studios often hope for PG-13 content simply because they can maximize profits that way. But Rothman says he won't do that for this flick. Why? Well, setting aside that it's Ridley Scott's vision, he also thinks the film is just really, really good.
"When we first saw the movie in 3-D, it's breathtaking," he said. "So I hope [it lives up to the hype]. I think so, I believe so."
Rothman also took the time to talk about why it was important for Scott to go beyond the simple idea of making a prequel to Alien and do something more ambitious, and why the studio supported that decision.
"I think the easy thing would have been to make an Alien prequel, and that's where it started as an idea, but it evolved," he said. "Ridley's ideas are much bigger than that and it really is a brand-new film, and this is the man who made Blade Runner. He hasn't made a science fiction film in 30 years, and to be honest, I didn't want to undersell it.
"It's a big, bold, new-idea movie and we want it in the title because people know [that] this movie stands on its own. If you're a fan of Alien, great. But if you're not, it's entirely self-contained and full of new ideas."
So it looks like Fox's head has complete confidence in Scott's epic. Of course, it's his job to make us feel that way, but the claim that he won't ask for changes simply to make Prometheus more profitable is enough to give us a little extra optimism.