An upcoming issue of Empire has a complete cover story for “Prometheus” and some key quotes have emerged. First up, Scott was asked about the film’s potential rating (it hasn’t been screened for the MPAA yet). Will it be a PG-13 or an R rated film like the four “Alien” movies:
“Right now I don’t know where we are. The question is, do you go for the PG-13, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Financially it makes quite a difference, or the risk makes quite a difference, 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 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.”
Scott also adds that a big reason for him doing the film himself is he finally gets to explore the back story of the Space Jockey from “Alien”:
“[I’ve wanted to revisit the ‘Alien’ universe for] years! Years, years, years. I always wondered when they did [‘Aliens’] 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 [the Space Jockey]? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There’s all kinds of questions.”
Scans of the article have also gone online and feature new photos, those can be seen at AVP Galaxy.