Saying it's hard to keep a franchise going strong is an understatement!
But Steven Spielberg definitely seems into it. Especially with pal George Lucas by his side.
You have to ask George. 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 Indiana Jones 5. 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.
All right, so he wasn't as informative there, but he DOES have a lot to say about the less than favorable Crystal Skull:
I'm very happy with the movie. I always have been. I sympathize 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. 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.
Trust us, Stephen, that's definitely not the only thing….
But what about the new Jurassic Park??
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.
Well that's good to hear! We'll definitely be going to the theaters to check it out, though. C'mon, it's Jurassic Park!
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