If there was a bigger cinematic disappointment than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this summer, then this writer has yet to see it. While it was an enjoyable enough way to lose a couple of hours, vintage Indiana Jones it was not, and the carbuncle of an ending certainly left many in the screening I was at enduring a WTF moment, as they collectively realised that the story George Lucas had waited nearly 20 years for before committing to another Indy was all about aliens. Ho hum.
The reasoning, however, behind the choices seems to be a little clearer as a result of a new interview with George Lucas that ran in the Sunday Times. In it, not only does he talk about the potential for a fifth movie, but he also concedes that making an Indiana Jones movie is harder than it’s ever been. Discussing how in the past he could basically make all the story decisions, he talks about one of the reasons the fourth Indy movie took so long: “Really, with the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic. I was trying to persuade him. But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place.”
Given that the most acclaimed parts of IJATKOTKC were the more traditional ingredients, such as the terrific chase sequences, does that mean that we have Spielberg to thank for those, and Lucas to berate for the baffling last act? Quite possibly. He goes on to say that Spielberg is more open to doing another Indy film now, which means that the wait for the fifth in the series may not be anywhere near as long. Harrison Ford may well be relieved…
Read the full interview here