Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic Park 4: Spielberg speaks

News Ryan Lambie 26 Oct 2011 - 16:26

Steven Spielberg’s been talking briefly about the progress of Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic Park 4, as well as what went wrong with Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull…

Currently on the promotional trail for his magnificent CG rendering of The Adventures Of Tintin, Steven Spielberg’s been talking to Empire about the status of Jurassic Park 4 and the possibility of a fifth Indiana Jones movie.

Regarding Jurassic Park 4, which was officially announced at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Spielberg said the following: "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..."

While his words don’t add anything we don’t already know, it’s heartening that Spielberg’s so enthusiastic about the sequel’s story. And on the topic of stories, the director was surprisingly candid about the oft-lambasted narrative behind the 2008 Indiana Jones adventure, Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

“George [Lucas] and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin,” Spielberg said. “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.”

As far as a fifth Indy movie goes, Spielberg said that George Lucas is “Working on it.”

“George is in charge of breaking the stories,” he said. “He's done it on all four movies. Whether I like the stories or not, George has broken all the stories.”

Whatever you made of Crystal Skull, you have to admire Spielberg’s honesty. Sadly, there’s no news yet about Shia LaBeouf’s involvement in Indy V.

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