Ridley Scott has said that he is not revisiting his science fiction classics Alien and Blade Runner in order to protect his filmmaking legacy.
The director, who is returning to science fiction with Prometheus and a planned Blade Runner sequel, insisted that he is going back to the properties purely for creative reasons.
"I really don't give a s**t [about legacy], honestly. What makes a good film? That's where I come from. I'm a yarnteller," he told Empire.
"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."
Scott claimed that the majority of modern sci-fi is "mostly dressing".
"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 to not do anything foolish or silly or daft, or non-credible," he explained.
"Within 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."
Asked if he was tired of seeing movie that ape the look of 1982's Blade Runner, Scott added: "No. It's always amusing. But you can tell who's trying to hide it. Now they don't even hide it."
Prometheus opens in UK cinemas on June 1 and June 8 in the US.