Posted by: GregMo Roberts Source:Collider
There has been much speculation and nervous agitation on whether Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus would be rated PG-13 or rated R.
Fans of the original R-rated Alien (to which Prometheus is a quasi-prequel) desperately want Scott’s return to sci-fi to be a hard R. Yet the studio and Scott himself have hinted that a more box office friendly PG-13 could be in store.
The production budget for Prometheus is rumored to be over $150 million. Add some international marketing to that mix and the number might top $200 million. So a PG-13 from a box office standpoint would make sense.
After all, only three science fiction horror films have ever grossed over $100 million. Signs (PG-13) reaped in $227 million in 2002. Spielberg’s War of the Worlds took in $234 million in 2005 and Will Smith’s I Am Legend collected $256 million in 2007.
The highest grossing R-rated sci-fi horror was 1986’s Aliens which stopped counting receipts at $86 million.
The studio, 20th Century Fox, has vowed to stay out of the certificate rating handed down from the MPAA and it looks like they stuck to their word.
Prometheus will indeed by an R-rating. Collider happened to get their mitts on a pre-sale ticket stub and Prometheus is listed as being Restricted to those 18 and under.