Face it—it's hard to make an Alien film without spilling a little blood ... or a lotta blood! Prometheus is months from hatching, and director Ridley Scott is questioning the movie's ultimate rating and recalls how he was lured back to the realm of the space jockey and Weyland-Yutani empire.
The existing quadrilogy has thrived with its splatterfest of xenomorphs and human hosts losing fluid levels in fantastic ways. Alien movies are always smothered with blood, both human and the molecular acid type that eats through ship hulls like a hot poker through pancakes. The first two films were given an R rating, but, as the series progressed, they evolved into PG-13 fare after the introduction of that category in 1984.
Empire's new Prometheus issue goes on sale today, and inside Scott shares his cares and concerns on the final cut of the film and the effect of different ratings on the movie's bankable success.
"[I've wanted to revisit it for] years! Years, years, years," he said of Alien's space jockey subplot. "I always wondered when they did #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? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There's all kinds of questions."
Prometheus has yet to be screened for the MPAA to receive its final grade, but Scott will no doubt try to wring out every last drop of gore and goo to land the PG-13 rating yet still deliver a satisfying, visceral cut. Some graphic scenes may have to be toned down, but, in the end, the overall effect will cause a grinning, gut-wrenching effect.
"Right now I don't know where we are," he explained. "The question is, do you go for the PG-13, or do you go for what it should be, which is R?"
"And yet you also have to apply the question—If you soften it, will you financially suffer? As opposed to just going for the throat and gambling. Essentially, it's kinda R. The little bastards will still get in anyway, so what's the difference? 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."
Aggressive is good. Whatever the outcome, we're in good hands with Ridley. Where do you fall? Hard R or the milder PG-13 stamp? Prometheus lands on June 8.