Spielberg talks Indiana Jones V
There are two interesting things in this talk that Steven Spielberg gives, one is about the possibility of a fifth Indiana Jones film, and the other is about is comments which could be construed as a veiled dig at George Lucas and his Star Wars, or perhaps more a playful poke.
He was being interviewed after a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the film, and with a newly restored and fantastic looking print too.
He reveals that the new print looks so good because they're working towards the Blu-ray version and he comments on the work they've put in to create this new version.
"This is the best it's ever looked because in preparation for the eventual release on Blu-ray we had to go and correct the print again and get the original negative out of the salt mines, and then we had to do the separations and then basically the files which are just amazing with all the technology today, without changing any of the movie materially. Like we haven't removed anything, we haven't added CGI, there's no digital enhancements, it's purely the movie that some of you might remember from 1981...it is the movie but it just looks so much better.
So Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark going to look great for the Blu-ray release, and the great thing is that he's not changed things from the original other than a restoration and re-mastering. Do you think that's a comment against George Lucas' tinkering with the Star Wars trilogy?
I'm sure it is, but it does feel as though it's done with a lot of fun and love but the crowd loved those comments.
When The Hollywood Reporter asked if he ever talks with George Lucas about another Indiana Jones film one person from the crowd hollers out and he responds that one person wants to see it. Then the interviewer jokes that it's Shia LaBeouf that was shouting to which Spielberg says:
...that was the only bridge we didn't burn with Indy 4...
Now he's having a joke with us for sure, but at the same time I wonder how close to the truth that is? He does answer the question though, saying:
We talk about it, yes. We're hopeful. Someday. Hopeful.
Well we're running out of somedays, or rather Harrison Ford is. With the comments about Shia LaBeouf I wonder if there's a suggestion that the father-son combination would continue, I mean they couldn't just ignore it from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Filmstalker Review) could they? They would have to return to that story not just for the story they've created but because Indy would need replaced, whether we like it or not.