Spielberg dishes about Indy 5 rumors...

spielbergSince roughly the Tuesday following the opening weekend of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull there has been talk of making a fifth installment.

Much like the whispers of the return to Sauron spread along the land, so too did these rumors spring forth; every blogger worth his salt doing five hundred words on the idea of making yet another halfhearted Indiana Jones movie intended more to take more money from us than it is to keep the character alive in one more hair raising tale of adventure.

tintin-movie-posterAnd now, while trying desperately to sell The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse (two movies, I might add, that I don’t believe anyone cares are coming out, let alone dying to sit through), Steven Spielberg addresses those rumors with Entertainment Weekly.

The Name among Names…

In an extensive interview in this week’s issue, the director opens up about a myriad of topics (including his desire to see Michael Bay return to the Transformers franchise in order to see where he is going to take it after that kick ass third one), but it is his statements regarding the next installment of Indiana Jones.

When asked by the interviewer about his “pseudo-apology” he made recently over the shittiness that was Crystal Skull (Specifically he said “One person wants to see another Indiana Jones movie! The only person in the audience! [...] You know, I think that was the only bridge we didn’t burn because of Indy 4, thank you…” at a 30th anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark in September. I understand it is a bit of a desperate leap to take that as a sincere mia culpa for the dreck that was Crystal Skull, but I am obsessing a little. I know I have a problem, don’t judge me), he said this:

indiana_jones_poster_10_harrison_fordI’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 inter-dimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possibly can to acquit George’s idea and make him proud.

Fair enough… I was already willing to blame Lucas for screwing the pooch on that one… His ham handed Prequels are evidence enough that Georgie might have lost that magic touch and perhaps that might be why he seems so eager to rest on these all too well worn laurels he likes to rest upon…

While the magazine claims that Spielberg did not address the very public shitting on Shia Lebeouf has given Crystal Skull, he did have this to say about the ultimate fate of the franchise:

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.

No Time For Love, Dr. Jones…

I don’t think anyone is going to be too shocked when they announce the beginnings of the fifth (and presumably final with Harrison Ford donning the fedora) chapter in the Indiana Jones saga…

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Harrison Ford- Bless his broken down heart- hasn’t been the busiest guy out there as of late and I am sure would not mind a bit of a pay day…

And both Spielberg and Lucas ain’t scared to cornhole a fan or two in order to make a few (million) bucks (especially Lucas, the Sandusky of my childhood memories…)

The last one made a killing and –while the majority of us know it is unwatchable on a Star Wars: Episode Two- Attack of the Clones* level (meaning it has its moments and –should you catch it at just those moments- you might be tricked into sitting through the whole mindless thing).

*The lowest level- The Phantom Menace- renders a movie totally and utterly unwatchable. Don’t believe me??? You go ahead… pop in Episode I in the ol’ DVD player and tell me if you can make it past the Boss Nass jive talkin’ trial without fast forwarding to the Jedi Power Battles and being done with it.

But I hope- really, really, REALLY hope- that this time around Steven sits ol’ Grey Beard down and makes him devote all of his creative energies into the various marketing angles this movie would be able to generate… leaving Spielberg free to hire some screen writer with a talent for story telling to put the script together.

It’s Indy’s only hope…

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