‘Prometheus’ Ridley Scott: ‘I don’t give a shit about legacy’

The director talks about his return to the worlds of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner'

Ridley Scott has denied that he is trying to protect a legacy by revisiting his sci-fi classics Alien and Blade Runner.

The director has made a prequel of sorts to the former in Prometheus, and will soon begin work on a sequel to the latter movie. But he has said that he is going back to both worlds simply for creative reasons.

Scott told Empire: “I don’t really give a shit, honestly. What makes a good film? That’s where I come from. I’m a yarn-teller.

“My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can. I love the process and still continue to adore the process, actually. I don’t get attached to anything. I’m like a good antique dealer. I’m prepared to sell my most valuable table.”

He also hinted that he had become disenchanted with a lot of modern genre: ‘With science-fiction you have the opportunity of being able to do anything you want, with the digital assistance, and it’s up to you not to do anything foolish or silly or daft, or non-credible. With that universe, you have to stick to your own rulebook. That’s what’s happening, we’re not drawing up enough rules when we start.

Of the movies that still try to ape the style of Blade Runner, Scott added: “It’s always amusing. But you can tell who’s trying to hide it. Now they don’t even hide it.”

Prometheus is released in the UK on Friday (June 1). Watch Scott talking about the movie below.