Those recent confusing comments about Indy 5? Spielberg explains

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:52 PM EDT

Remember a few weeks ago when Steven Spielberg told us all that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's lame premise was all George Lucas' fault? Well, now the pair seems to be on the same page for a fifth Indiana Jones flick, and Spielberg has even said they've "already agreed on the genre." Huh?

That particularly odd quote comes from a new Entertainment Weekly story on Spielberg, in which he once again emphasizes the "genre and concept" clashes with Lucas on the fourth film. But what did he mean by that "genre" comment? Aren't the Indy flicks all one genre unto themselves? They're action/adventure movies with a few spooky, face-melty elements for garnish, right? Does this mean we're going to see Indy make a full-on sci-fi flick? Because Harrison Ford has already made it clear that he's not down for that.

Well, over the weekend, Spielberg clarified what he meant while doing press for his new flick, War Horse. To hear him tell it, he basically didn't mean to use the word "genre."

"No, no, no," he said. "It's not a new genre at all. [All the 'Indiana Jones' films], they're all the same genre. It's all the same genre.

"It's just the MacGuffin that changes. 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."

So now you don't have to worry that next time we're going to see Zombie Indy or Vampire Indy or Malibu Indy. That was just a verbal miscue on Spielberg's part. Instead, he and Lucas are on the same page regarding what Indy and pals will go a-hunting for this time (we think). Last time they went after an alien skull and we all got discouraged, so what's it to be this time?

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