Steven Spielberg Talks JURASSIC PARK 4, INDIANA JONES 5, and the Faults of KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

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Steven Spielberg is making the press rounds for The Adventures of Tintin, and naturally he’s being asked the future of his franchises, specifically Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones.   In June, we reported that Spielberg was brainstorming ideas with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) on how to reboot the Jurassic Park.  In a recent interview with Empire, Spielberg provided an update on the project:

“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…”

Perhaps there will be less of a reliance on raptor whistles this time around.  Hit the jump for what Spielberg had to say about the shortcomings of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the status of Indiana Jones 5.

indiana-jones-4-crystal-skull-poster-01Spielberg provides Empire with the sad news that when it comes to story, the power still rests with George Lucas:

“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 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.”

There are no details on how far along Lucas is with the story, but who really cares?  Does anyone look forward to anything he has to write?  But let me repeat my favorite part of that update: “Whether I like the stories or not.”

Spielberg was somewhat-candid on his unhappiness with some aspects of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

“I’m very happy with the movie. I always have been… I sympathize with people who didn’t like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin. 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. I’ll add my own touches, I’ll bring my own cast in, I’ll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that.”

indiana_jones_and_the_kingdom_of_the_crystal_skull_movie_image_harrison_ford_slice_01I’d be interested to find out what Spielberg wanted the creatures to be (if he wanted them at all).  And while he was unhappy with the aliens, he was pleased with some of the more-reviled elements of the sequel like the gopher.  He even takes the bullet on nuking the fridge:

“What people really jumped at was Indy climbing into a refrigerator and getting blown into the sky by an atom-bomb blast. Blame me. Don’t blame George. That was my silly idea. People stopped saying “jump the shark”. They now say, ‘nuked the fridge’. I’m proud of that. I’m glad I was able to bring that into popular culture.”

At least he’s looking on the bright side of making Indiana Jones into a cartoon character.

The Adventures of Tintin (which early reviews are calling the real sequel to Indiana Jones) opens in the US on December 21st.

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  • Tyler Kerry

    This is a second chance to get it right with both franchises. This is an opportunity.

  • SP1234

    To this day, I seriously had no issues with the fourth one. Yeah, there were aliens, but everything else was, what I thought, as fun as the first three were. Which, isn’t that why Star Wars and this were made, for fun entertainment? So much pressure these days are to make it dark and believable, I sometimes like to have fun fantasy thrown at me. For big action dramas, I look to Cameron and Nolan; for dark thrillers, I look to Fincher. For fun popcorn entertainment, I look to Spielberg and Lucas.

    • Jeff

      Wouldn’t you also like a good story?

    • Nope

      “There are no details on how far along Lucas is with the story, but who really cares? Does anyone look forward to anything he has to write?”

      This is a joke, right? Yeah, no one was looking forwards to the Star Wars series or the Indiana Jones series, you’re totally right. Just because it tends to be a big pile of shit, doesn’t negate the fact that Star Wars has some of the most loyal fans in existence. And Indiana Jones is arguably the most popular, and I’d even argue the best, action series in film history.

  • Diego

    Aliens or not, Darabont’s draft had them and were actually more menacing than what we ended up having (an E.T. version of Mola Ram lol). A much better movie could have come from that screenplay even if they added Mutt (I don’t really dislike LaBeouf, he’s funny)

  • Cory

    Darabont’s draft was terrible. It was a self-referential mess. Every other line of dialogue or story development reference Raiders of the Lost Ark. The nostalgia in that script was of putting.

    • M&M

      You are so right.

      Darabount’s script read like undisciplined fan-fiction.

      Hear that sucking sound…? That’s Darabount’s Indy IV script.

  • Tarek

    Too much loyalty…It could be some Luca$ voodoo tricks at work.

  • SUPERMAN

    Well, it wasn’t the story that was the problem! I actually liked the story. So I guess George is in the clear here (especially as the Nuke the fridge scene was Stevens idea)
    But the screenplay and dialogue was bad, as was the FX work and don’t even get me started on the horrid cinematography and bad lens filters that made the real stuff look like CGI.

    I can imagine, if I had read the film as a book/script I would have been psyched to see it on screen. But my problem with the film was it looked ugly and unreal. The skull/alien element as an idea seems fine to me, but it all just looked ugly and CG. Also, the ants scene looked like crap.

    I did however enjoy some of the quieter simpler moments where theyre exploring and just talking etc. But the action scenes and the last 3rd felt rushed and uninspired. I didnt mind the fridge nuke scene, if it didnt bounce so many times it could have worked, but those bounces along with 3 waterfalls, just too much. Suggestion, for Indy5, tone down the action scenes, film it on a film camera not digitised, and cut the CGI to a minimum. (Also make the villain a villain!)

    • JR209

      It’s hard to take your criticism of the film seriously…then when I saw “film it on a film camera not digitised” it became down right laughable.

      Janusz Kaminski is one of the finest cinematographers in Hollywood today behind Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki. Also Spielberg has sworn that he will always shoot on film as long as film exists.

      • SUPERMAN

        Hmm, I don’t quite know which part you found that you couldnt take seriously? Have you seen the movie? Or are you just in the know that Kaminski did the cinematography? Because, in every film that he did the cinematography for he did an amazing job. But he did not film the previous Indy films! This is not Private Ryan, so it shouldnt be filmed like private Ryan.
        Maybe it was shot on film, but it still has a digital look to it. Go back, watch all 3 Indys, then put Skull on, see the garish look of that film. Particularly the jungle chase scenes near the end, the 4 pillars that close up, the ants, etc……..

        From what I can see, he started out with good intentions. The beginning looks like the retro 1950s posters for Diners etc, which works great, especially in the diner scene and the Nuke the fridge town. But, this look doesnt carry well throughout the whole film. Makes the jungle look CGI, and that cliff chase. Go watch them again and see what I mean.

  • I cry u smile

    I think Luas is a bad boy and that he’s a bad influence to Spielberg…

  • Jake

    “At least he’s looking on the bright side of making Indiana Jones into a cartoon character.”

    Wake up Goldberg, Indiana Jones has ALWAYS been a cartoon character, the movies themselves are tributes to 50′s B movies for god sake.

  • Reggie

    This movie to me was not bad at all. It was’nt great but it was’nt bad like so many fanboys wanted the world to believe it was. Definitely better The Temple of Doom in my opinion a movie that has gotten a pass for 3 decades now.

    • Dan Geer

      I agree about Temple of Doom. It gets lumped in there with Raiders and Last Crusade and people act as if it’s a great film. It’s not. It’s not terrible either, but it’s not great.

      It kind of reminds me of how Return of the Jedi gets lumped in with A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, making it the “holy trilogy.” It was two great films and a third not as great one (I actually enjoy Revenge of the Sith more than Jedi).

      • Lloyd Xmas

        Have to disagree on JEDI and Doom.
        While Jedi is (to many) not as GREAT as Empire or a new hope, it is still a Fantastic movie. The climactic space battle at the end, the amazing (though recently ruined) Stand off between Vader and Luke and Papatine, the exotic Jabbas Palace. All Stunning to this day! As for Ewoks, not amazing, but I never minded them as a kid, and didnt even realize people hated them since I got the internet. And even then, a lot of that hatred I would say is new because people now link them to JarJar. Peoples opinions are copy and pasted via the internet, so thoughts are swayed.

        Temple of Doom, I think is better than Last Crusade! If Cate Capshaw didnt scream all the way through it, it would have been amazing. But is better than the 500 year old Knight in last crusade. And the Aliens in KOTKS are as good or as bad as that knight. Though the Indy trilogy is still fantastic!

      • Tarek

        Same here. Temple of Doom was way better than Last crusade.
        the only scene that I really love in last Crusade was the prologue with the amazing River Phoenix.

  • Tarek

    What really sucked for me in Indy 4, is showing Harrison ford trying to convince us that here is the same sturdy guy he used to be in Indy 1, 2, 3. I was shocked to see him so stretched, so old. this broke the suspension of disbelief. Add to this the nuked fridge and the E.T and it was good for trashcan.

    • noodles

      You hit the nail on the head. The movie wasn’t terrible. harrison ford was. Even his voice is weak, so the whole thing fell flat.

  • Dan Geer

    I liked Crystal Skull. It was by no means perfect, but it was fun. And it’s quite interesting to hear that the “nuke the fridge” scene was Spielberg’s idea.

    I actually would’ve been fine with it, if Indy just dislocated his shoulder during the fall, and then did a “Lethal Weapon” and popped it back into place. For an Indy movie, I’d find that much, MUCH more believable.

  • Judson

    Nuking the fridge was my favorite part. I should rewatch Fonz jumping the shark.

    • Chareth Cutestory

      I can’t get enough of Barry Zuckercorn jumping the shark!

  • Mike

    Jurassic Park 4, Indiana Jones 5… I think I found the problem here. Try making something new and original.

    • mil

      this

  • jumjum

    Why wouldn’t he get into it with his best friend if he knew the alien idea was a mistake? The translation of this interview = “Sure the ideas suck, but we’ll make it anyway. We’re SS and GL and any idea we have is worth doing – screw the fans.” Seriously, Indy and aliens? How could either of them think that was a good idea? The fridge being nuked? How cold you think anyone could survive that? Those ideas were idiotic, as were the trillions of supersized man-eating ants that somehow like Nazi flesh more than American flesh. Then add Shia lesux into the mix as the petulant, rebellious, angry-at-father-for-abandoning-him, biker teen and you’ve got suck cubed. I was a huge Indy fan but no way would I pay to see these guys ruin another film. It’s not Indy that Nuked the Fridge – it’s SS and GL that have been nuked.

    They both had it, and then they both bought into the talk of their “greatness.” That’s when they both lost it – years ago. One only has to look Terra Nova and Falling Skies to see the crap SS spews out now.

  • Bob

    My opinion is that Spielberg made a terrible Lucas script into a decent movie on Indy 4…look at the Star Wars prequels, and that is what you get when you let Lucas control everything…terrible.

    If the next one is set in the Bermuda Triangle and is more Raiders than Skull, it has potential….but IMO they need to kill Indy off and end the series. Ford is too old, Lucas has gotten progressively worse over the years….Spielberg obviously still has some gas left in the tank, and his talent is wasted on these sequels, he needs to focus on original ideas and making films worthy of his name.

    Bottom line, it’s the passing of the torch from the old guard to the new guard…and Lucas needs to take his billions, retire, and let good writers and directors make great films. For me, he has already tarnished his former greatness badly.

  • jawdropper

    What unbelievable bullshit! I know Steven Spielberg has been known to be a liar in recent years, but this is rediculous!!! I don’t believe a word he says anymore…

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