Ridley Scott promises 'hard-R' approach for Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant

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Jan 17, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

Though Prometheus was technically rated-R, director Ridley Scott wants to get back to his roots with the sequel. Alien: Covenant is sounding better, already.

In an interview at the Golden Globes, Scott said he’s viewing Covenant as a project warranting “a pretty hard-R rating.” Which, as fans of the 1979 classic Alien will likely agree, is awesome news. Prometheus was a soft-R film, essentially, with just the robo-Cesarean pushing it over the top. But, Scott says he wants to go back to the tense terror of yore, instead of the sci-fi insanity of late. 

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse.”

As he continues to revisit his classic catalog, it seems like we’re getting an exciting, new “No More Effs to Give” approach from Scott. Which is kind of exciting, really. Studios are bound to start digging back around in the intellectual property regardless (something that’s actually already been done with this franchise, anyway), so why not let the guy who started it all kick around the sandbox for a while?

Alien: Covenant is set to open October 6, 2017.


(Via Coming Soon, Screen Slam)