Steven Spielberg says there will be Jurassic Park IV, Indiana Jones V
If you haven't yet suffered permanent mental scars from the latest installments in the Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones series -- The Juice* refuses to watch Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on principle -- then have we got bad news for you: Steven Spielberg says even more sequels are on the way. Oh, don't act so surprised.
Spielberg tells Empire magazine that Mark Protosevich is working on a screenplay for Jurassic Park IV right now. "I'm hoping that will come out in the next couple of years," Spielberg says. "We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three." That's not saying much.
But what about our old (and we do mean old) pal Indy?
"You have to ask George Lucas," Spielberg said. "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."
Gee, it's too bad Steven didn't like Crystal Skull's story. "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 will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that." It's always good when you say you make movies you don't believe in, especially when they're written by the dunderhead who ruined his own mega franchise by introducing midichlorians and space taxes.
Further proof Steven is beyond rescuing is his pride in the fridge-nuking scene. "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." It's not a good thing, Steve.
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