Ridley Scott wants a PG-13 rating for ‘Prometheus’: Tells MPAA to get its ‘house in order’ (UPDATED)


Ridley Scott may have a hit on his hands with his Alien prequel Prometheus, but he’s worried that an R rating could ruin it all. At a public screening of some of the film’s footage in London yesterday, he let loose on the Motion Picture Association of America, complaining that the MPAA’s rating system may be broken.

Film blog Thompson on Hollywood has a good recap of the footage shown and Scott’s comments. The site writes: 

[Scott] also expressed frustration at the MPAA’s seemingly random approach to ratings, saying he wanted Prometheus to get a rating “that allows it to make as much money as possible. I know the importance of that. When a big film fails, it’s disastrous for all of us.” But he also blasted some of the “films this year that have got PG-13 ratings – it’s absolutely fucking ludicrous. So MPAA, get your house in order.”

Scott isn’t the only person to complain about the MPAA lately. The creators of the documentary Bully were  upset by the organization because their film received an R rating, which means that its intended audience (teens being bullied) cannot see the film. When a film does not get at least a PG-13 rating, it often loses a large chunk of its potential box office revenue.

The MPAA rates films by playing them for a committee who review them for things like language, drugs, violence, and sexual content.  Information on the process and committee members can be found here.

We know that The Dark Knight Rises has managed to get a PG-13 rating, and can only hope that Prometheus manages to get one as well. It would be a shame if it turns out to be a great film but is unable to recoup its budget due to a rating. Prometheus hits theaters June 8, 2012. 

{Update: Following the publication of this article, the MPAA has officially given Prometheus a PG-13 rating}