Director Steven Spielberg has two very different movies coming out this holiday season. One is a fun, animated action-adventure (The Adventures of Tintin), while the other is a very serious drama about World War I (War Horse). In anticipation of the release of those films, The Beard recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly. His full interview will run in the latest issue, but the director made some comments regarding Michael Bay returning for a fourth Transformers pic and gave an update on Indiana Jones 5, both of which are now available. In addition, he addressed recent discouraging comments he made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Speaking with EW, Spielberg was asked whether he thought Bay would ever return for another Transformers outing. Here’s his response (with a big thanks to /Film for the quotes):
“I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one. I certainly can’t imagine anybody other than Michael being equipped to make another Transformers. He’s invented a genre and he’s got the secret formula.”
While I didn’t quite feel that the insanely cool action towards the end of Dark of the Moon made up for the rest of it, Spielberg apparently feels differently. There seems to be a glimmer of hope for those keen on Bay returning, as evidenced by the action director’s recent comments to Channel News Asia (via /Film):
“How did I know someone’s going to ask me this question today? We’re talking about it, but there’s nothing right now. I’m going to do a tiny movie first, then we’ll talk about it, if I potentially do it.”
Initially Bay was pretty adamant that Dark of the Moon was his last effort for the franchise, but it definitely sounds like he’s thinking about changing his mind. If he does indeed come back, Paramount will be extremely happy.
Spielberg also addressed some revealing comments he made recently regarding Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, echoing his previous sentiment that his job on Indiana Jones is basically to best bring to life George Lucas’ vision:
“I’m really proud of the movie. I loved bringing Marion back. I love the fact that Indy now has a son. It’s a family action film, and I love that whole conceit. It’s public that George and I and Harrison all had a clash about genre and concept. But I’ve always told George’s stories. My biggest contribution was adding the father to the third movie. That was my idea, to cast Sean Connery as Harrison’s father. I am best friends with George and I’m very obedient to the stories that he writes. I’ll fight things I don’t believe in but ultimately if George wants to bring interdimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possible can to acquit George’s idea and make him proud.”
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a great movie, so I think what we’ve learned here is deferring to Mr. Spielberg’s expertise is a pretty good call. Whatever your feelings are regarding Crystal Skull, it looks like a fifth entry of the franchise is very much in the works, as Spielberg provided the following update:
“It’s up to George. We have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind. I don’t know where George is with the story. There is no Indy 5 until George says there is.”
Here’s hoping Indy 5 is alien and refrigerator-free. You can read the full interview in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.