In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, legendary producer/director Steven Spielberg gave his thoughts about 2 of the biggest franchises he’s been involved in Transformers and Indiana Jones.
When asked if Michael Bay would be coming back for a possible fourth installment of Transformers, Spielberg said this:
I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one. I certainly can’t imagine anybody other than Michael being equipped to make another Transformers. He’s invented a genre and he’s got the secret formula.
While I strongly disagree with that statement, Bay’s bad sci – fi films certainly have made boatloads of money.
Recently, Spielberg revealed that he and George Lucas had a bit of disagreement over the use of “inter-dimensional beings” in the last Indy movie; Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Spielberg attempts to be diplomatic about the film’s direction:
I’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 concept. 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 interdimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possible can to acquit George’s idea and make him proud.
So what about the next adventure of everyone’s favorite archaeologist? Spielberg confirmed that he and Lucas have agreed on a genre for it:
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.
Let’s hope the next genre they picked for Indiana Jones is step away from the last film’s borderline sci – fi angle.