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Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?
Will there be more Jones / T-Rexes?

26 October 2011  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?

This month's issue of Empire magazine (the December issue, fact fans, featuring Mission: Impossible on the cover) contains part two of our Steven Spielberg special, following last month's in-depth look at The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn. This time, we largely focused on War Horse, but we did find time to ask about the much-rumoured Jurassic Park IV and Indiana Jones V

On his dinosaur series, the signs are good. "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..."

Since the third instalment wasn't that shabby as story goes, that's got to be a good thing, right? But what of Indiana Jones? We asked Spielberg about his reaction to the critiques of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well as his future plans for the archaeologist. Where do things stand right now?

"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."

And Crystal Skull? "I'm very happy with the movie. I always have been... I sympathise 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."

And on the specifics of the criticisms, Spielberg takes some of them as a badge of pride. "The gopher was good. I have the stand-in one at home. 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."

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is out now, and War Horse will follow on January 13 in the UK. Pick up the new Empire for the full story from Spielberg on the making of that war opus.


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Another?
Well another Indy? Anything's got to be better than the Crystal Skull I guess! As for another Jurrasic Park, why? I'm not sure it needs to be continued but I guess another on ecould be fun. I think Spielberg needs to go back to basics here and think about what made the originals so good rather then trying to change it too much. The last Indy was far too comical, with the cringe worthy swinging through trees with apes sequence and the aliens at the end, it just didn't feel like or have the magic More

Posted by dannyfletch at 09:17 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

Another?
Well another Indy? Anything's got to be better than the Crystal Skull I guess! As for another Jurrasic Park, why? I'm not sure it needs to be continued but I guess another on ecould be fun. I think Spielberg needs to go back to basics here and think about what made the originals so good rather then trying to change it too much. The last Indy was far too comical, with the cringe worthy swinging through trees with apes sequence and the aliens at the end, it just didn't feel like or have the magic More

Posted by dannyfletch at 09:14 on 10 January 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?
I enjoyed Indiana Jones 4. Bring on more!!! More

Posted by threshold at 03:22 on 10 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?
I read that column, you just can't fault the man, it's the most diplomatic thing I've read on the whole sorry mess. Deep down he must know it's a mess but he dusts himself off and go 'Oh well, you can't win 'em all' I mean really] More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:18 on 09 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?
Steven Spielberg needed to realise the best things in his films are the fantasy elements that you canvolved in.away meaningless action sequences for the sake of it don't engage the audience, they just fill time. I think I saw an interview with the boss of Pixar? And he said their slogan was storyline storyline storyline... More

Posted by dolfinack at 13:26 on 08 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Spielberg: More Indy & Jurassic Park?
of the Criminal Numbskulldisgustingly bad film, and the c Park was exhausted halfway through t Worldberg needs to turn his back on both series.   More

Posted by Rollo_Tomassi at 11:35 on 31 October 2011 | Report This Post

I agree that it was the weakest of the Indy movies, but the first three were among the best adventure movies of all time. When you compare Crystal Skull to the woeful likes of Tomb Raider and the like I guess it is still better than average, it's just that the bar was set so high. Plus the use of all the elements of the 1950s was quite clever when you re-watch the film: UFOs and aliens, Communists and paranoia, rock 'n' roll, and even the "I like Ike" comment. Plus I also really More

Posted by Private Hudson at 15:10 on 30 October 2011 | Report This Post

Dino-magic
Love the idea of Jurassic Park IV, it's Dino-magic, what's not to like. I can see why they want to do 5th Indy film, let's all be honest the last one wasn't very good was it, so if they do number 5 and it is good I will be happy and will make for it, but if it's the same standard as 4, then please don't do it. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:44 on 28 October 2011 | Report This Post

Dino-magic
Love the idea of Jurassic Park IV, it's Dino-magic, what's not to like. I can see why they want to do 5th Indy film, let's all be honest the last one wasn't very good was it, so if they do number 5 and it is good I will be happy and will make for it, but if it's the same standard as 5, then please don't do it. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:42 on 28 October 2011 | Report This Post

At least he admits it!
I love this man. Im glad to hear that he basically fucking hated the idea of Indy meets Aliens. I watched it again the other day, I really WANT to like it, kind of how I really WANT to like Terra Nova - but there is no getting around the fact that my eyes fill with shit every time its on screen. Not even tears. Shit. More

Posted by Agent Jack Bauer CTU at 11:45 on 28 October 2011 | Report This Post

I think Spielberg is an intelligent Director!!!!!
Yea I kinda look to Spielberg as a Roll-model cause I think he is an intelligent Director, and plus I want to become a Movie Director myself someday!!!! It would even be an honor for me if I could ever meet Steven Spielberg myself that would be Suh-weet!!!!! Well gotta go surf the Net some more ttyl!!!! 8-) Best Regards, Matt Burden More

Posted by Matterific411 at 04:37 on 28 October 2011 | Report This Post

Oh no!
Oh no. It's all I have to say...no. Does this mean we'll see another rape episode on South Park i.e. our childhood memories?!?!?! More

Posted by nybras at 14:22 on 27 October 2011 | Report This Post

Believing in a story
"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." My respect for Spielberg just took a swan dive there... More

Posted by sabbersolo at 12:28 on 27 October 2011 | Report This Post

Refreshingly honest
Makes a change when a bigwig in movies is honest. Nothing wrong with it. It's like auditions. Why can't we know who tried out for a part? It's interesting. Gives rise to discussing where directors or productions are going. I would love to hear an actor saying in a press junket their colleague/dirctor was an asshole yet they all blandly love each other. Great films don't need love. More

Posted by boristhespie at 23:32 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Hopefully their going to make a go of Jurassic Park IV before everyone is in Walking Canes!!!!!!
I hope this time when say say that their going to go ahead with Jurassic Park IV that they actually mean it this time, lets just hope!!!!! 8) More

Posted by Matterific411 at 22:36 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

The story for JP3 wasn't that shabby?! I guess the reasons for the characters being on the island was marginally more believable than JP2, but really... More

Posted by olijoy at 22:34 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

i have but a few heroes
And Spielberg is top of the list. He defends Skull and good on him! I really liked it and I still do. I recall much internet twittering by lots of us beforehand and how we all wanted another Raiders and you know what? We were never gonna get it. Raiders was the best adventure movie of all time. if you can beat that, you're doing pretty well frankly. So yeah, the CGI monkeys were shit. And that Tarzan bit shoulda been exchanged for Mutt getting his Harley off some Ruskie who thought he'd More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 22:15 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

What?
Didn't spielberg ever see the SW prequels?!?!?? More

Posted by djdarrenjames at 21:15 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

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e to ask George Lucas. George is in charge of breaking the storiesooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! As for Skull happy enough with the sci-fi/aliens aspect of it, in principle, it was just that it was far too dull and used too much CGI which didn't make it feel quite like a 'proper' Indy film. More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 20:37 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

I liked The Crystal skull. Irina Spalko was sexy (more of that sort of thing please, yuk yuk) and the ant scene was amazing. Aliens? Why is that a sillier notion than gods or face melting? C'mon! More

Posted by Cyberleader at 20:27 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Fair play to the man, whether it's a good thing or not, getting "Nuke the Fridge" into popular culture is more than most filmmakers achieve. But please, back to basics for the next one... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 18:46 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Nice way to pass the buck for it being shit! "I made the film as best I could, but if its crap, blame the story, that wasnt my idea!" Grow a pair Spielberg! Lucas has too many YES men already!! More

Posted by Cabal aka Boone at 17:58 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

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Indiana Jones and the Quest for a Good MacGuffin More

Posted by Spaldron at 17:51 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
L: hevykevy316 "He's my friend and I'm loyal to him"? Really? Surely if he's his best friend he would turn to him and say "George, that's shit". No wonder Lucas is the way he is. If Spielberg doesn't call him on bad ideas, nobody will. rr... "George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin" seems to me he confirmed that he did just that. More

Posted by Histeria at 17:30 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

No Way
Indy 4 was terrible for a multitude of reasons, people actually walked out of the theatre I saw it in....if I was close friends with Lucas I would have slapped him silly for this bag of excrement...p.s. Shia sucks More

Posted by Paddy Kieran at 16:01 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Hero!
Love his playful attitude towards people's negativity about Indy 4. I for one thought the alien story was good! It suited the time, 30s was about myths and legends, 50's were about aliens and sci-fi! Some hit and miss effects and Shia LaBeouf aside, solid entry. A bit like Die Hard 4. Good film, not so good when associated with the rest of the series! More

Posted by neillbert90 at 15:46 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

Hero!
Love his playful attitude towards people's negativity about Indy 4. I for one thought the alien story was good! It suited the time, 30s was about myths and legends, 50's were about aliens and sci-fi! Some hit and miss effects and Shia LaBeouf aside, solid entry. A bit like Die Hard 4. Good film, not so good when associated with the rest of the series! More

Posted by neillbert90 at 15:40 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

"He's my friend and I'm loyal to him"? Really? Surely if he's his best friend he would turn to him and say "George, that's shit". No wonder Lucas is the way he is. If Spielberg doesn't call him on bad ideas, nobody will. More

Posted by hevykevy316 at 15:37 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

i didn't mind the fridge being nuked. Made me laugh. Where Crystal started sucking was as soon as they went to South America. Maybe it should have been "Swung the vine" rather than "nuke the fridge". More

Posted by dunkah at 15:02 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

I like Crystal Skull. So there. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 14:43 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

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