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Spielberg Talks INDY 5

And throws George Lucas under the bus?

By Jarrod Sarafin     October 26, 2011
Source: Empire

Director Steven Spielberg on the set of INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008).
© Paramount Pictures

With Steven Spielberg going on a new press circuit for his upcoming release of The Adventures of Tintin, it goes without saying that he will be fielding many questions on the future sequel prospects of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. We have our first examples down below courtesy of an interview the director had with Empire, which had the two franchises being brought up once again.

Asked about some of the criticism in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

"I sympathise with people who didn't like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin, he explained. "George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn't want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in - even if I don't believe in it - I'm going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it."

What about a fifth Indiana Jones adventure?

"You have to ask George Lucas. George is in charge of breaking the stories. He's done it on all four movies. Whether I like the stories or not, George has broken all the stories," he said, adding, "He is working on Indy V. We haven't gone to screenplay yet, but he's working on the story. I'll leave it to George to come up with a good story."

What about the long-awaited return to Jurassic Park?

"The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I'm hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three..."



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spiderhero 10/26/2011 8:35:00 AM

Anything would be better than JP3. Except Twilight.

mike10 10/26/2011 8:38:17 AM

Spielberg is letting Lucas write the story? All of Lucas best movies were fixed by other people including his ex-wife. See the Star Wars prequels and Howard the Duck for examples of why Lucas should not be allowed to write movies.

 Lucas is a good idea guy, but please let someone else do the story.

JarrodSarafin 10/26/2011 9:05:08 AM

Mike10, it's more like Lucas is brainstorming the story concept in general. They will pick a credited screenwriter to come in later and put the concept down to scriptform, like scribes David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson and Philip Kaufman did with the fourth installment.

I just like how Spielberg is trying to lay everything unpopular from the fourth installment down on his "best friend's" doorstep. As if he didn't have final cut as a the director on things like monkeys swinging through the trees or Jones flying a dozen miles in a fridge. He didn't like the macguffin? Well, Steven...you were the director with the final cut....you were forced? I'm getting getting this mental picture of a throne room, an Emperor (Lucas) and his loyal subject (Spielberg) kneeling before him. :)

CoolerKing 10/26/2011 9:13:55 AM

Lucas hasn't had a good idea since Empire Strikes Back. I can't believe Speilberg lost an argument with that water head.

jackwagon 10/26/2011 9:20:35 AM

Stop me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't a director have more clout over what direction the script takes than the writer and/or producer of the film?  How many times have we seen in the past where a writer's vision for a film is altered because of the director's plan for the film?  If ANYONE has the power to say no to someone like George Lucas, it's Spielberg.  He should have said, "No, George - that doesn't fit with what Indiana Jones is about, so we're changing it.  End of story."  If Lucas' own ego got in the way of that, he really doesn't belong in writing for anyone else but himself.

And saying there's a better story for JP 4 than what was in JP 3 sure ain't saying much.

Darkknight2280 10/26/2011 9:24:51 AM

I liked JP3 a hell of alot better than JP2.

Love the Lucas haters! Keep it up its not going to change anything..lmao

I totally agree with Jarrod! There is no way that this is all GL's fault! In the end he is the director and he is partially responsible for what is on screen in the final cut, if not more so than the person who wrote it!

FrozenFear 10/26/2011 9:53:17 AM

Agreed with Darknight2280: I'll rewatch JP3 any day over Lost World. JP3 isn't a perfect movie by any stretch of the imagination, but once that T-Rex starts walking through San Diego, I can feel the bile building :P

As for Spielberg's excuses about George Lucas having total control, horse shit. Something tells me that even with Lucas' questionable writing abilities, the Indy 4 script didn't read "Then have them do a green screen fight on some Jeeps, using the crappiest CGI we can produce. Oh, and vines and monkeys. Lots of monkeys".

noahbody 10/26/2011 11:28:39 AM

Ford, Speilberg, and Lucas signed off on the script.

Spielburg storyboarded the movie, sorry you are just as much to blame for appeared on screen.

noahbody 10/26/2011 11:29:24 AM

Ford, Speilberg, and Lucas signed off on the script.

Spielburg storyboarded the movie, sorry you are just as much to blame for appeared on screen.

Chopsaki 10/26/2011 11:54:24 AM

Jarrod Good point, while I don't give Lucas a pass for the dialogue in the Star Wars prequels I don't give Spielberg a pass for Crystal Skull. Just admit your part, suck it up and move on. Fingers crossed for the next one!

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