Spielberg Talks ‘Jurassic Park 4,’ ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ & ‘Crystal Skull’

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Steven Spielberg Talks Jurassic Park 4 Indiana Jones 5 and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Spielberg Talks Jurassic Park 4, Indiana Jones 5, & Crystal Skull

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin doesn’t arrive stateside until Christmas, but it’s already out in Europe and enjoying rave reviews. Indeed, many are calling it a return to form for Spielberg after the disappointing (to say the least) Indiana Jones 4.

Recently, while promoting Tintin, Spielberg also discussed the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 and Indiana Jones 5 – as well as the widely-criticized Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

On the status of Jurassic Park the fourth – courtesy of Empire – Spielberg said:

“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…”

Hey, at least three was better than two.


Sam Neil in Jurassic Park 3 Spielberg Talks Jurassic Park 4, Indiana Jones 5, & Crystal Skull

On the status of Indiana Jones 5:

“You have to ask George Lucas. 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.”

Wait, what? ‘Whether [he] likes the story or not’? Is Steven Spielberg hinting that maybe he didn’t like a story (or stories) from the previous Indiana Jones films?

Actually, this isn’t the first time that the man has said less than glowing things about Crystal Skull. Previously, he talked about how he originally didn’t want to make the film and wasn’t in love with the idea of Indiana Jones and aliens (or, in Crystal Skull‘s case, extra-dimensional beings) being in the same film.

On his own feelings about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, almost universally considered to be the worst Indiana Jones film:

“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.”

It’s certainly interesting that Spielberg disliked Lucas’ MacGuffin (much like everyone else on the planet), but the truth is, those little “touches,” the “cast,” and the way Crystal Skull was shot and written (on a micro level) were just as much to blame for its quality – or lack thereof – as Lucas’ basic story was.

The Cast of Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Spielberg Talks Jurassic Park 4, Indiana Jones 5, & Crystal Skull

At times, the cinematography felt like something out of a way-too-glossy soap opera TV show. The CGI, which was already unwelcome, was also very bad. Shia LaBeouf was hired for a role he’d already been cast in far too many times – “smart-mouth teenage sidekick” – Karen Allen was way past her prime, and Cate Blanchett as the psychic villainess was about as intimidating as the computer-generated gophers from the beginning of the film.

Speaking of gophers, Spielberg responded to specific criticisms of the film, saying:

“The gopher was good. I have the stand-in one at home. What people really jumped out 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.”

CGI Gopher in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Spielberg Talks Jurassic Park 4, Indiana Jones 5, & Crystal Skull

Most people didn’t hate the gophers as an idea so much as they hated the fact that they were computer-generated cartoons in what was supposed to be an old-fashioned adventure film. In fact, many Indiana Jones fans had hoped that CGI would be mostly absent from the fourth film — in spite of it being released in one of the more CGI-drenched film periods – as a means of harkening back to the originals. Alas, the CG gopher in the opening frames of Crystal Skull made it immediately evident that that would not be the case.

Are you looking forward to Jurassic Park 4 and Indiana Jones 5, Screen Ranters? Do you agree with Spielberg about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Let us know in the comments.


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The Adventures of Tintin hits theaters December 21, 2011.

Source: Empire

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  1. I don’t like CGI. It was OK for Jurassic Park but if they can’t do Star Wars or Indiana Jones without it they probably shouldn’t do the movie. I mean how hard is it to get a real gopher? Please leave the CGI to the cheap SyFy channel movies!

  2. People who slate the crystal skull for being over the top, unbelievable,far fetched etc etc .. Should go and revisit The Temple of Doom, where you will see opening musical sequences, dingies falling out of aeroplanes and over massive cliffs, cheesy side kicks,ridiculous stereo types, and over the top effects and sequences…and so on…however we loved it when we were kids and still love it now, everyone just approached the Crystal Skull with too much of an aged and critical eye…plus Lucas has pissed off so many of the original fans with his constant meddling of his previous classics…i dont think Crystal Skull was the greatest movie in the world, but it certainly wasn’t as bad as some people claimed…if Indy 5 is in the making lets bring back some of the darkeness of the original..Lucas has got to do something right at some point surely!?

    • That’s nonsense. Temple of Doom is quite rightly considered by most Indy fans to be the weakest of the original three, for exactly the reasons you stated. It’s too over-the-top, too silly, the MacGuffin and the villains are not as strong as those in Raiders and Crusade, and the protagonist isn’t as motivated. But there are degrees of over-the-top-ness, and Crystal Skull takes all the faults of Temple of Doom and magnifies them tenfold, giving us an absolutely pathetic villain with no clear goals, a nonsensical, directionless script, a protagonist with no clear plan or motivation, a ghastly amount of CG, and a series of mind-boggingly cartoonish set pieces that make the raft sequence and mine cart chase in Temple of Doom look downright plausible in comparison. And it lacks many of the redeeming qualities that Temple of Doom had, like a relatively coherent/straightforward story, clever script, surprisingly serious dramatic material, great action sequences, practical special effects, and a hero who hasn’t had his teeth removed. Where Temple of Doom was a bit too cartoonish for my tastes, Crystal Skull is essentially one big Road Runner cartoon.

      • ^ Man, that’s a great comment and I couldn’t agree more!

      • CrowMagnumMan what reality do you live in? Do you watch these movies? Crystal Skull was anything but cartoonish. It’s boring, flat, too personal about Indy, too slow, too few jokes and your comment is so off the wall it’s at the edge of retarded.

        [Temple of Doom is quite rightly considered by most Indy fans to be the weakest of the original three]
        True Indy fans doesn’t regard any movie to be “weaker” than the others. They appreciate all three, obviously. It’s the new one, the fourth, that is weak. One reason being there are almost 20 years in between.

        [It’s too over-the-top, too silly]
        Explain what exactly is so “silly” about Temple of Doom? Is it the innocent children being chained in a quarry? Is it eating snakes (which is actually true history), stepping on cockroaches, burning hearts, Indy being turned mad? What’s the silly goofy thing in all this darkness?

        [the MacGuffin and the villains are not as strong]
        Define “strong” will you? Crystal Skull is obviously weak sauce in comparison since hardly anyone dies.

        [the protagonist isn’t as motivated]
        No of course not, the thuggees only want to conquer the world and throw down the hebrew god as Mola Ram says and their culture is human sacrifice. They’re so boring. Not hostile enough. It’s the russians who are the true evil, the true abominaton of mankind. Idiot….

        [a nonsensical, directionless script, a protagonist with no clear plan or motivation]
        You not understanding the movies doesn’t mean the characters have no plan or motivation. The russians want a mind weapon. The thuggees wants their god and their sect to rule the world. How can you watch these movies and let this stuff go unnoticed? Please bury your head in the ground.

  3. I actually thought the crystal skulls movie was good though they are not in the shape of alien skulls the crystal skulls actually have been found around the world and everyone hates the character shia labeouf played and really it was a good set up role for him to do a couple of more with harrison ford who is becoming too old to continue making these and eventually take over as the new main I’m very excited to see where the franchise goes it wasn’t the best of all them but it could have went way worse

  4. If they make the 5th Indiana Jones movie, chances are it will be PG-13. Just saying since it was that way in the past.

  5. If they make the 5th Indiana Jones movie, chances are it will be PG-13. Just saying since it was that way before.

  6. I’m a little late to comment on Indy 5 but here’s the deal as long as we have George Lucas in charge it’s a 50/50 chance to either be a great film or a flop…Hopefully George will get co writers to help out with fresh ideas.


  7. sorry but after reading some of your comments the general meaning is bla bla bla bla bla I’m a very big fan of Indy 1-4 and although Indy 4 is not a masterpiece I can not stand waiting next episode George may the force be with you