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Tom Rothman on Prometheus

 Just a few days ago we learned from Tom Rothman that ‘not one frame of Prometheus will be cut’ in favour of a PG-13 rating. In a recent interview with Collider, 20th Century Fox CEO talks again about the rating and his vision of the project. Read it below:

[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’  That would have been the easy thing to do.  Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do.  It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years.”  Tom Rothman said.

“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.”



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  1. Zenzucht
    If not one frame will be cut, what is the 20 mins of deleted scenes being advertised for the Blu Ray? ???
    There is a difference between scenes deleted by the director due to various reasons (e.g. pacing) and scenes deleted by the studios to achieve a certain rating (for which the director does not come into the equation).

    Yup, there can be great scene, which destroys the pacing of the movie.. But after you saw the movie million times, it can be "icing on the cake" for you.

    Like the chip switch scene in the Terminator 2 :)
  2. Vickers
    No offence but it's a tad too early to be releasing information on Blu-Ray and DVD features for a film that hasn't even seen its theatrical release yet.

    It also strikes me as a little odd that a random DVD company from France is the only one releasing this information.

    It's highly likely that somebody that works for 'DVD en français' is a Prometheus fan absorbing false information OR a Prometheus fan contacted them with this "exclusive" information.

    A lot of people are under the impression Ridley Scott mentioned 20 minutes being cut from Prometheus.  He was referring to 17 minutes from another film.

    To me, this is a case of broken telephone.
  3. Deuterium
    ...There is infinitely more craftsmanship in the first AvP film. There's at least an attempt at something resembling an overarching plot and story. An attempt at being competent. An attempt at balancing the creatures.


    AvPR ... Oh forget it. This stuff doesn't belong here.

    R does not equal good and the mass reaction to AvPR is proof of that.

    And let's not forget, as far as the first AvP film, an attempt at actual lighting...so we can at least see what the f**k is going on.   ;D
  4. OpenMaw
    ...There is infinitely more craftsmanship in the first AvP film. There's at least an attempt at something resembling an overarching plot and story. An attempt at being competent. An attempt at balancing the creatures.


    AvPR ... Oh forget it. This stuff doesn't belong here.

    R does not equal good and the mass reaction to AvPR is proof of that.
  5. Mastes1
    It won't be at all like AvP:R.  Mostly because nothing can be as bad, film wise, as AvP:R.  Worst movie ever made IMO.

    In my opinion, AvP is much worse than AvP:R.
    Yep i agree, both films are pretty bad imo but AVPR was more like the orig films with gore, bad language, Predator acting like a Predator, music lifted right from the films etc, it wasn't watered down shit like the first film.
  6. Gash
    Yes, but we've seen a non-bloody (just muddy) version of the trailer, and the latest trailer in which the claret has been re-instated, so I'd hope that's an indicator that the original vision is the one they're going with.

    No doubt, even if it is R/18, they'll be a stronger edit down the line just to cash in. It's happened before. 'Too strong for cinema' etc. In the era of DVD and Blu-Ray it's almost a given that an alternate take will appear, probably overseen by Ridley but not necessarily endorsed by him (if he gets the edit he wants now).
  7. ChrisPachi
    "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."

    .....man, by showing us potentially R rated material then talking about the film possibly being a PG-13, you're compromising it already.  What a w***er this guy really is!!!

    Typical weasel; using a lot of words to say a lot of f**k all.
  8. RoaryUK
    "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."

    .....man, by showing us potentially R rated material then talking about the film possibly being a PG-13, you're compromising it already.  What a w***er this guy really is!!!
  9. metalos
    I'm living in Hungary. The film rating in Hungary is: 12, 16, 18 (year above)
    The four Alien films was rated 18 what is equal R, all the Prometheus trailer was rated 16, what is equal to PG-13.
    I know, the trailer is not show too brutal violence (just the melting head, and other small things), and don't contain harsh language, but these things may in the eventual movie.

    I think, Ridley Scott's name is enough, that we get an awsome movie, he is a very precise director, he is making his movies quite attention, so i think, the Prometheus will be R or will be PG-13, but it will be a huge success.
  10. Wonderbrick
    I listen to Rothman's comments, and feel it is obvious the film will be PG-13, and he is trying to run damage-control until the last possible second.  If the film will be R, there is no reason not to announce that now.  If the film were R, the "hard R" would be a BIG selling point.  If they are aiming to make an R film, I find it hard to believe that Ridley's film would be so close PG-13 that Rothman would feel the need to leave it in the hands of the MPAA to decide.

    The only thing that has made me even slightly think it might be an R film is the de-scrambled audio puzzle.  But when you think about the way the visuals could be shot/edited, it would be easy to keep that scene PG-13, even if the audio alone sounds disturbing.
  11. fiveways
    how isnt it a story based link to Alien? Derelict? space jockey? Weyland? i mean come on... that "same universe" stuff is BS... its gotta be a real prequel to Alien..

    It's like star trek in my mind.  the original series leads into Next Generation, and they have some crossover but it is not the same thing.  Not a direct pequel.

    A direct prequel would suck.  After 30 years of people building up anticipation there is no way it could meet the fan base expectations.  "Chinese Democracy" anyone?
  12. ikarop
    More comments from Tom Rothman: http://collider.com/prometheus-rating-tom-rothman/162253/#more-162253

    Quote
    “[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’  That would have been the easy thing to do.  Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do.  It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years.”

    “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.

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