After seven years away from theaters, Star Wars comes back to the big screen this weekend. Of course, it’s not a new movie or even an original re-release. Instead it’s what’s generally considered one of the worst of the bunch, converted into an experience many people hate. I refer, of course, to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D and if one good thing comes of this re-release, it means George Lucas has to come out and answer questions. (Of course, he did this for Red Tails too but focused more on his upcoming career and Hollywood controversy.)
In an interview Lucas did with The Hollywood Reporter he offers what I think is the most plausible and straightforward answer he’s ever given as to why he changed the Greedo/Han Solo scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Read the quotes and agree or disagree after the break. Read More »
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When we last left the saga of the slowly developing potential film, Indiana Jones 5, Steven Spielberg clarified that “It’s up to George.” He and George Lucas, of course, had agreed on the concept for the film but until Lucas had more story details worked out, the film can’t progress. The man with the plan was on the red carpet for his friend’s The Adventures of Tintin premiere (which, itself, is structured and feels like an Indiana Jones movie) and offered his two cents. No big surprises here, he’s basically just echoing Spielberg but you can read the quote and watch a video of Spielberg talking a bit about the film after the jump. Read More »
Steven Spielberg was recently quoted in Entertainment Weekly as saying the following in regards to Indiana Jones 5:
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.
At the time, that statement raised a lot of questions. Was Indiana Jones 5 really going to be a new genre? Had Spielberg misspoke? As predicted, the answers to those questions are “No” and “Yes.” Read his clarification after the break. Read More »
This week’s Entertainment Weekly has an in-depth, enlightening interview with Steven Spielberg tied to his December double feature The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. All kinds of topics are discussed including whether or not Spielberg, an executive producer on all three Transformers movies, thinks Michael Bay will be back for a fourth film. He also says they have a specific genre set for Indiana Jones 5 and expands on his recent comments regarding the reception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s great stuff. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
Friendship can often be fraught with difficult negotiations. When friends are involved in creative endeavors, some disagreement and compromise is guaranteed to be in order. Take George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who have been friends and occasional collaborators for decades. Their friendship launched the Indiana Jones film series, the last installment of which isn’t quite a fan favorite.
Even Spielberg seems to recognize that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn’t such a great film, as per comments he made at a recent screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He even seems down on the basic story of the picture, but explains that his friendship and partnership with Lucas is what pushed it forward. Film is all about compromise, even if you’re one of the biggest names in filmmaking. Read on… Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Rumors of an Indiana Jones 5 have been cropping up for quite some time now, since before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull even opened. And yet, to the relief of fans who disliked Crystal Skull, plans for another Indy adventure still haven’t quite gelled after three years.
Well, disappointed fans, enjoy your bliss while it lasts. If Shia LaBeouf is to be believed, our Indy-free days may be coming to an end soon. According to the Crystal Skull star, a fifth Indiana Jones isn’t “so far off” — though LaBeouf’s rationale for saying so might be. Read more after the jump.
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Update: Ford’s representatives have denied reports t0 The Huffington Post – this rumor is false. Original story follows below:
ShowbizSpy is reporting that Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford wants his character to be killed off in the fifth installment of the action-adventure franchise. According to the report from the gossip website, Ford told George Lucas and Steven Spielberg that he wants Indy to die in the next film, officially passing the hat to his son (played by Shia LaBeouf in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
“George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it. Funnily enough Harrison wanted the same for Han Solo in the final Star Wars but George put an end to it. This time he doesn’t have all the say though.”
Who knows if there is any truth to this report as many of the Indiana Jones rumors have turned out to be completely false, most recently a June report that the next film would involve a mystery at the Bermuda Triangle.
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In June of 2009, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull co-star Shia LaBeouf told reporters that Steven Spielberg had “cracked” the story for Indiana Jones 5 and that he believed “they’re gearing that up.” But as far as I can tell, no screenwriter has been hired to turn that idea into a script. Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford reiterated the first part of Shia’s previous statement, telling the BBC in March of this year that “Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it.”
Ford went on to explain the process: “The process works like this… We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.” Producer Frank Marshall was quick to respond that a script had not even been started, “Once we see that, we’ll see. We’re not going to wait another 20 years. We’d all love to make another one. I’m anxious to hear the idea!”
Well now Shia is claiming that progress is being made, a script is being written, he even got called into Spielberg’s office to hear the pitch and he likes the idea. Quote after the jump.
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