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George Lucas no longer involved with developing story for Indiana Jones 5

10.24.2016

You know what? I feel that George Lucas is paradoxically not given enough credit for his contributions to pop-culture, while at the same time given way too much credit. Thing is, projects like STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES were definitely his babies, and he was a driving force in what makes them so great - from the stories, to the characters, to the tone, to the innovations in filmmaking techniques, etc. Without Lucas, we would've not only never had STAR WARS or INDIANA JONES, but sci-fi movies, action movies, and the entire film landscape would have never been the same as well. Then again, left to his own devices we get the prequels and flying saucers in INDIANA JONES...

Regardless, it's still a bit sad to hear that George Lucas will no longer be providing the story for the new INDIANA JONES film. Disney had already committed to a sequel, and the role of Indy is one of the few things Harrison Ford seems excited about (rather than Han Solo, which seems to make him grouchy in interviews, and reportedly him getting killed off is the only reason Ford signed on). And with KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL being a financial success (despite its critical failings), a sequel was a no-brainer. However, while Lucas will still serve as an executive producer, it doesn't seem he'll have much creative input from this point forward. According to screenwriter David Koepp:

“He’s not [involved], to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”

So that's a bummer, in some ways. While people didn't like the flying saucer stuff in KOTCS (including me), it at least was different and new. There's a lot of talk about focusing on the new "MacGuffin" in INDY 5 and how it will dictate the story, so let's hope that it also finds a way to stretch the mythos and avoid becoming a rehash of what came before, only slower and greyer.

INDIANA JONES 5 should be rolling out July 19th, 2019.  

Extra Tidbit: The original title for INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL was INDIANA JONES AND THE SAUCERMEN FROM MARS.
Source: Collider

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8:41AM on 10/26/2016
Lucas or not, there's still a reasonably high chance that another Indy movie will be an unsatisfying experience. Ford was probably too old for the role in Crystal Skull, and that was eight years ago. He acquitted himself well enough in Episode VII, but short of him taking on a more Connery-esque role in the new film I can see certain elements of this falling flat. Happy to be proven wrong, but I'm not immediately assuming the film's going to be amazing.
Lucas or not, there's still a reasonably high chance that another Indy movie will be an unsatisfying experience. Ford was probably too old for the role in Crystal Skull, and that was eight years ago. He acquitted himself well enough in Episode VII, but short of him taking on a more Connery-esque role in the new film I can see certain elements of this falling flat. Happy to be proven wrong, but I'm not immediately assuming the film's going to be amazing.
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12:17PM on 10/25/2016
I'm glad Lucas won't be involved, but I also want Spielberg off of the project too. Spielberg has been sucking at an all time high lately. The Terminal, Tintin, War Horse, Crystal Skull, and the BFG were all terrible movies. Even his "good" recent movies aren't that great. Bridge of Spies and Lincoln were both boring and shot like tv shows. Spielberg was an amazing filmmaker in the 80s and early 90s, but he's lost at least one step (like Lucas) in his old age. I'd like to see a new young
I'm glad Lucas won't be involved, but I also want Spielberg off of the project too. Spielberg has been sucking at an all time high lately. The Terminal, Tintin, War Horse, Crystal Skull, and the BFG were all terrible movies. Even his "good" recent movies aren't that great. Bridge of Spies and Lincoln were both boring and shot like tv shows. Spielberg was an amazing filmmaker in the 80s and early 90s, but he's lost at least one step (like Lucas) in his old age. I'd like to see a new young talented filmmaker direct Indy 5.
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8:10AM on 10/25/2016
Good news for this project. Sorry Mr.Lucas, but you lost your game a long time ago.
Good news for this project. Sorry Mr.Lucas, but you lost your game a long time ago.
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11:34PM on 10/24/2016

Not sad that Lucas will not be involved.

I think Lucas has some great ideas, but I don't think he's a talented writer... especially when it comes to dialogue. I actually enjoyed the last Indiana Jones movie, even though it's probably the worst of the four. I can't believe people keep complaining about the flying saucer. There were far more ridiculous moments in the movie... like Shea Labeouf swinging through the trees like a monkey. It was so out of place and didn't move the plot along at all.
I think Lucas has some great ideas, but I don't think he's a talented writer... especially when it comes to dialogue. I actually enjoyed the last Indiana Jones movie, even though it's probably the worst of the four. I can't believe people keep complaining about the flying saucer. There were far more ridiculous moments in the movie... like Shea Labeouf swinging through the trees like a monkey. It was so out of place and didn't move the plot along at all.
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11:30PM on 10/24/2016
I think this article sums it up pretty good, without Lucas cinema would be different and great adventures would be lost, however he is a hack and it is good he isn't involved now, but that he was in the past, except for when he was, but not losing when he wasn't...
I think this article sums it up pretty good, without Lucas cinema would be different and great adventures would be lost, however he is a hack and it is good he isn't involved now, but that he was in the past, except for when he was, but not losing when he wasn't...
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9:32PM on 10/24/2016
And the Movie Gods heard our collective prayers. Rejoice everyone! Rejoice!
And the Movie Gods heard our collective prayers. Rejoice everyone! Rejoice!
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8:24PM on 10/24/2016

While Speilberg hasn't been top of his game lately, I still have hope

The last movie sucked, but it was kind of the start of Spielbergs downfall. He hasn't really made a good movie in a long time. Bridge of Spies was fine, but it was just boring. BFG looked ugly as fuck with the horrible CG. I really hope they just make this like its the 80s again. Practical effects (no CG gophers) and just a sense of wonder. Act like the last movie never happened because it killed everything the series stood for. They basically retconned everything so it was always aliens.
The last movie sucked, but it was kind of the start of Spielbergs downfall. He hasn't really made a good movie in a long time. Bridge of Spies was fine, but it was just boring. BFG looked ugly as fuck with the horrible CG. I really hope they just make this like its the 80s again. Practical effects (no CG gophers) and just a sense of wonder. Act like the last movie never happened because it killed everything the series stood for. They basically retconned everything so it was always aliens. That's just bullshit.
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7:03PM on 10/24/2016
Oh Thank God!!!
Oh Thank God!!!
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6:08PM on 10/24/2016
George an interesting subject to observe. He had his spark of creativity way back in the '70's. 40 years ago when he was young and sharp. But it didn't stick. He never became the Francis Ford Coppola he wanted to be. Or Steven Spielberg. He's tried all his life, but the magic never returned.
George an interesting subject to observe. He had his spark of creativity way back in the '70's. 40 years ago when he was young and sharp. But it didn't stick. He never became the Francis Ford Coppola he wanted to be. Or Steven Spielberg. He's tried all his life, but the magic never returned.
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4:50PM on 10/24/2016

is a sad they when people dont respect the creator.

i understand why people think this is a good thing, But this man is the reason why you love this characters. Respect is the least he deserves.
i understand why people think this is a good thing, But this man is the reason why you love this characters. Respect is the least he deserves.
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4:50PM on 10/24/2016
Yayyyyyyyyyy
Yayyyyyyyyyy
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4:33PM on 10/24/2016
" I would've loved to have seen an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK situation where George Lucas stays the idea man, but a better director and writer executes them . . .)

Like "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"?
" I would've loved to have seen an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK situation where George Lucas stays the idea man, but a better director and writer executes them . . .)

Like "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"?
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4:32PM on 10/24/2016

Good

This movie has a chance of not sucking now
This movie has a chance of not sucking now
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