Ridley Scott and Fox fighting over budget and rating for Scott’s upcoming ALIEN prequels

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 1st, 2010

Despite rumblings of talks between actresses like Noomi Rapace and director Ridley Scott taking place, the trail of news with regards to the hotly anticipated prequels to Scott’s beloved ALIEN franchise has gone cold.

Well, apparently there may have been good reason for this happening.

Script Flags (via Bleeding Cool) is reporting that Scott and Fox are currently in the midst of a battle over the film’s apparent budget, as well as the upcoming prequels potential rating.  The director is looking to get a budget right around $250 million, with an R rating, while Fox doesn’t feel like spending that much, and definitely not for anything more than a PG-13 rating.

Personally, I would have to fall squarely in the middle of this issue.  I would love to see what Scott could do with a budget that size, and I think that if you are going to do a new ALIEN film, it needs to be an R-rated flick.  However, it would be horrible business on Fox’s part to make that deal.  The film would have to do AVATAR-like business to make back this budget, particularly after what would more than likely cause a huge promotional campaign, and with an R-rating, that is damn near impossible.  

However, all I want is to get this problem cleared up, so we can see the damn prequels.  That’s really all I care about at this point.

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