When Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was in its infant stages, the director of Alien was allegedly battling Twentieth Century Fox over budgetary concerns and the film’s final MPAA rating. The studio was said to be nervous that Scott was aiming for an R-rating and that the ballooning budget would never be recouped.
Cut to today, where the below embedded video interview is making the news wires. During a Paris press conference, Scott exclaimed some truly exciting news, especially for the purists always praying to see a director’s true vision released.
“The cut that you’re gonna see in cinemas…it’s always the director’s cut, really,” Scott exclaimed before chatting up on the film’s run time. “I’ve only made a mistake once on cutting a film short — I won’t say what it is right now, because this is not the time — but I removed 17 minutes off a movie, and I didn’t ruin it, but it wasn’t [as effective]. In this instance, you got a pretty good version here, pretty good cut. We’re running at about — I think without the end titles, which normally run about four to five minutes — we’re running one hour, fifty-nine minutes and change. It’s very tight, it’s what it should be.”
Thus, if Scott gets his way, it sounds as if Prometheus will be stamped with an “R”-rating. Nothing like having an exponential amount of hype to get the studio off your back, eh?
Thanks to Playlist for the heads up!