George Lucas Knows the Genre, but Not the MacGuffin for INDIANA JONES 5

     December 12, 2011


It’s time for your semi-regular update on the development of another Indiana Jones movie.  Earlier in the month, Steven Spielberg declared, “We have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie.  We already have a concept in mind.”  According to series co-creator George Lucas, that concept is so far only the genre and the shell of a story.  Lucas followed up with Vulture:

“I told [Spielberg] about the story, but I really haven’t found the MacGuffin yet. I mean, I know what it’s about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we’re working in.”

I don’t think anyone will mind if Spielberg and Lucas take their time on this.  Well, maybe Paramount, since Kingdom of the Crystal Skull grossed $787 million worldwide and all that.  But for the rest of us, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I am genuinely curious to see what Lucas comes up with for the MacGuffin, but I will be even curiouser a couple years down the road.  To try and ascertain some detail about the story, Vulture asked if Indy’s family would be featured.  Lucas laughed and replied, “Yeah, we’ll see!”  I’ll let you interpret that.

  • jymmmymack

    What is all this “genre” nonsense? I don’t remember every Indy movie taking on a different “genre” before Crystal Skull. So, those movies were adventure pulp and Skull was “sci-fi”. What new genre has Lucas locked down? Horror? Musical? Documentary?

  • dalonoman

    There’s another thing (that is a little more important) that George Lucas does not know- how to make a decent movie anymore! Oh Snap!

  • BobaFett

    Possible MacGuffins:

    1. The Spear of Destiny (BRING BACK THE NAZIS WE LOVE TO HATE!)

    To me this is the only Macguffin possible. but…

    2. Noah’s Ark
    3. Easter Island
    4. Abominable Snowman
    5. Stonehenge

    Change of Genre?
    6. Billy the Kid

    These were all come up with off the top of my head for christ’s sake. Lucas with his millions is too busy wiping his fat ass with $100 bills to think about Macguffins.

  • Brad

    i like how he says macguffin in a way that implies how formula his process has become. Jesus. Let a story breathe.

  • M&M

    I hope IJ5 doesn’t happen.

    There, I said it.

  • Luckystrike

    Reboot the franchise ala Star Trek with a younger Indy or something. Harrison Ford is one of my fav actors but he just ain’t cutting it anymore with the fedora.

    • Luckystrike

      Better yet, make IJ5 a time travel movie where old Indy goes back in time and young Indy has to save his oldass self from time traveling nazis.

    • M&M

      I don’t think it’s Ford who can’t cut it anymore…

      It’s Crazy Uncle George who’s lost touch.

  • Tarek

    Spoiler alert:

    Indy ( the old Harrison) is now a senile old man, languishing in a nursing home, stuck in his wheelchair. He spends his time lurking nurses and playing Mah Jong with a roommate.

    One night, his roommate is attacked by a fleeting shadow, probably because of his snoring. Heeding only his courage, he throws his dentures on the shadow. The blow is fatal. The shadow is now lying on the floor. He Lights his pocket lamp, and finds a black cloak and a lightsaber.

    As his natural curiosity takes over, he picks up the laser, fiddles with it and finally presses the “do not touch.” button. Too late! His companion is pierced by the blade of the lethal laser.
    Indy now knows he still has one ultimate mission to accomplish before hanging up his whip.
    He goes to his wardrobe, puts his old worn jacket, and stares at his beloved whip. After a small hesitation, he grabs the lightsaber on his belt and closes the cabinet door on the whip that shouts a cry of despair: Nooooo!

    The title comes as an explosion of Yavin, Indiana Jones and the revenge of Luca$

  • sense 11

    By MacGuffin he means the turd he’s going to create that’s going to ruin the movie.

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