Confirmed. Prometheus has been officially rated “R” for “sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language.”
A lot of people are talking about how an AMC presale ticket stub (via Collider) for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus confirms that it has an “R” rating. While I actually do think the film will be “R”, I’m basing that more on recent statements by Tom Rothman and Ridley Scott than I am this image. Rothman recently stated that the film “would not be compromised” and Scott declared that it would be his director’s cut hitting cinemas. So whether or not it’s “PG13″ or “R” – it’s his vision.
That being said, the MPAA has yet to announce the rating for Prometheus. These things aren’t secrets, it’s just not announced. So I don’t know why we think they’d announce it only to the person entering the rating info into AMC’s computer system – they’re probably just assuming (along with their colleagues buttering the popcorn) that it’s “R” just like the rest of us are. So I don’t think this ticket proves much of anything, but I’m pretty sure this is what they’ll look like anyway. It should also be noted that AMC listed the rating of American Reunion as “PG13″ and that didn’t turn out to be the case.
In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star.
Just a day or so ago we reported that The Classification and Rating Appeals Board upheld the NC-17 rating given to the movie Chained. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the NC-17 rating for “some explicit violence.” This decision was made despite several appeals. The Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Chained from Kevin Carney, Executive Director of Marketing at Anchor Bay, and Jennifer Lynch, the Director of the film. The scene in question is an image of a throat being cut.
But Jennifer Lynch still (politely) disagrees. Speaking to The LA Times she says, “The one thing they [the appeals board] kept citing was context, that violence in a lot of other films doesn’t feel as intense. I have a lot of compassion for what [the MPAA] does. And they were all very nice and warm in the room. But it doesn’t seem fair to me. I feel like we are being punished because the film was done the way it was set out to be done, which was authentically.”
She will cut the film, but hopes that the unrated version will be available in come capacity as well. But she doesn’t see the scene as being particularly shocking. “Horror fans will see it and be stunned at the NC-17. They’ve seen much worse.” Kevin Carney adds, “There were horrific scenes in ‘Hostel 3′ that I can’t get out of my head, but what the MPAA kept saying is that it was context, which seems arbitrary. Compare our movie to ‘Sweeney Todd,’ where 13 or 14 people get their throat slit. There’s an equal amount of graphic-ness. It’s just a different style.”
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For those of you who live or die based on MPAA ratings, here’s three films that are locked and loaded for release in 2012 — all landed an R-rating.
Paramount Insurge’s The Devil Inside, in theaters January 6, has been rated R “for disturbing violent content and grisly images, and for language including some sexual references.”
Sony Screen Gems’ Underworld Awakening, opening January 20, has been rated R “for violence and gore, and for some language.”
Lastly is Open Road Films’ The Grey, in theaters January 27, has been rated R “for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.”
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