We've been hearing a lot of chatter about a fifth Indiana Jones flick lately, and every time we do it seems to tell us that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg aren't exactly in sync. Just last week Spielberg said they "already have a concept in mind" for another adventure, but according to Lucas, that's not really the case.
Or maybe it is. Sort of. It's getting slightly confusing to hear these two dish about their hypothetical movie. See, Spielberg recently said that he and Lucas had "already agreed on the genre" for the fifth movie, and then when people got confused he clarified that the genre won't be different, just the MacGuffin.
"It's just the MacGuffin that changes," he said. "The MacGuffin was the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders, the Holy Grail in The Last Crusade and the skull in The Crystal Skull. That's what always changes, and that's what we always look for."
That quote made it seem like Spielberg and Lucas were settling into a new MacGuffin for a new Indy adventure, but on the red carpet for the premiere The Adventures of Tintin Monday night, Lucas said Spielberg jumped the gun on that whole conceptual agreement thing.
"Actually, I told him I didn't have it yet," Lucas said. "I told him about the story, but I really haven't found the MacGuffin yet. I mean, I know what it's about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we're working in."
OK, so he didn't really completely deny Spielberg's claim that they've agreed on the concept, but Lucas did say that's there's still work left to be done, and apparently that work centers on the artifact that Indy will be after. Since that artifact is always an integral part of every Indy story, you have to wonder just how much work Lucas has really done.
Spielberg has always deferred to Lucas as writer for the franchise. He just produces and directs once his old pal gets a script in place. Still, at some point those two are going to have to sit down together and agree on where they're at, if only so they can call Harrison Ford and tell him when things are on.