Coming back to the big screen two decades after his last adventure with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", the whip-cracking archaeologist proved that he still has his charm by collecting $313.6 million domestically and $743.7 million worldwide. With that success, many speculations arise on the possibility of the fifth film and Jones' creator, George Lucas, apparently has a thing or two on the future "Indiana Jones" project to be discussed.
Talking about the forthcoming "Star Wars" animation movie "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" to Times Online, the 64-year-old made time to share his insight on "Indiana Jones V". Noting that everybody involved in "Crystal Skull" expecting the result the movie earned, he confessed that it is much more difficult right now to get even the story with everybody has a say for it, especially because he and director Steven Spielberg have their own idea of the plot's direction.
"We were hoping for box-office figures like that, which is, ultimately, with inflation, what the others have done, within 10%. So, we squeaked up there. Really, though, it was a challenge getting the story together and getting everybody to agree on it," explained Lucas. "Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying 'I want it this way' and 'I want it that way', whereas, when I first did Jones, I just said, 'We'll do it this way' - and that was much easier. But now I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys, too, so it's a little hard on a practical level."
"If I can come up with another idea that they like, we'll do another. Really, with the last one, Steven wasn't that enthusiastic. I was trying to persuade him," the Academy Award-winning added. "But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we'd like to take. I'm in the future; Steven's in the past. He's trying to drag it back to the way they were, I'm trying to push it to a whole different place. So, still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It's kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we'll see where we are able to take the next one."
"Crystal Skull" stars Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone and Karen Allen. Distributed by Paramount Pictures starting on May 22 across the U.S., this fourth "Indiana Jones" franchise follows the daring adventurer in his quest to return the Crystal Skull of Akator to the place where it belongs. But, every step he makes is closely followed by Soviet agents led by Irina Spalko who wants the legendary object to help Soviet dominates the world.