Music to my ears! Much has been said lately on the pending decision on just what rating will be assigned to Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS simply because of it's pedigree, ALIEN and ALIENS in particular live in a very dark and horrific universe. What sort of prequel would it be if PROMETHEUS was relegated to a PG-13?
Tom Rothman (Fox CEO) has set the record straight recently at CinemaCon in Las Vegas:
"I can assure the fans—I’m very aware of their concern—absolutely they can take it that the film will not be compromised either way. So if that means that the film is R, then it’ll be an R. If it’s PG-13, then it’ll be a PG-13, but it will not be compromised"
And Tom continues:
"[For] Prometheus, it would have been very easy—in fact probably in Chapter One of the Executive Handbook, if I ever read such a thing, it would say, ‘Go ahead, make a straightforward prequel to Alien.’ That would have been the easy thing to do. Prometheus is the more challenging thing to do. It’s bolder, it’s original, it’s in the universe, but it’s not a literal story-based prequel to [Alien], it’s a wholly new science-fiction entry from Ridley Scott, who hasn’t made a science-fiction film in 30 years."