Director Steven Spielberg still has one more film to shoot (Ready Player One) before turning his attention to his final Indiana Jones film. Both Harrison Ford and legendary composer John Williams are on board, but one name has so far remained absent. That name is George Lucas.
The creator of Star Wars and co-creator Indiana Jones has been quiet to the public since selling Lucasfilm to Disney. The last I saw of him was at the world premiere of The Force Awakens, where he told reporters he didn’t want to direct anymore mainstream movies, only the ones for himself. George may not be directing, but his days of producing blockbusters aren’t over just yet.
Its been confirmed that George will serve as an executive producer for Indy 5. Here’s a quote from Spielberg, who stands firm by having his longtime friend on board.
“George is going to be an executive producer on it with me. Of course I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That would be insane.“
Now on one hand, its freaking George Lucas. The man’s creativity knows no bounds, which can be good thing and can also be bad thing. On the other hand, this is the guy who’s track record as a writer in the 00’s hasn’t been good. I unapologetically love Revenge of the Sith despite its flaws, but The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and especially Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are cringeworthy bad. Its honestly a toss up on what we can expect, because he’s also responsible for writing the original Indy trilogy.
On second thought
I applaud Spielberg for standing by his friend, probably knowing most of the fans would hate this news. Its only right that George joins his longtime collaborators on the Indy franchise for one final hurrah. Having Spielberg, Ford, Williams, and George back for their last run at this Indiana Jones, before it reboots, just makes sense.
Its unfortunate to say, but Kingdom of the Crystal Skull likely puts them against the odds of producing on more good Indy film, at least in the minds of many longtime fans. However, I have hope they can give us something good, and properly close this franchise. Prove us wrong George!
Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19th, 2019