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‘Prometheus’ Theatrical Release Will Be Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut

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!


  • Comment

  • Excellent discussion without going into too many details of the film. I want to be surprised when I see it theaters and make all the connections on my own.

  • St.Anger

    I am so exited to see this. Glad Scott’s vision isn’t being crushed by the studio.

  • doomas10

    faith to humanity restored

  • superchopper

    Hmmm…. doesn’t sound like he’s saying it’s R. Sounds like he’s taking ownership of whatever cut comes out, even if it’s PG 13.


  • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

    I do hope it’s rated R. Should be a bad ass flick and R rated films can be financially successful if done right.

  • djblack1313

    i agree w/ superchopper. this is in no way a confirmation of an R rating. it sounds like he is saying that whatever rating the movie gets is his dc cut. i hope it IS rated R though.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Such great news! I’m even more excited for this now. So psyched.

  • VictorCrowley

    “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.”

    ^ Alien (clearly)

    Good to know Prometheus has a 2hr run time. That’s about the perfect time for a Ridley Scott story to play out properly.

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