David Koepp said:“I tried a couple different versions with Steven and they all had some good stuff about them and they all had some stuff that didn’t work, which happens. But it was just very hard to have everybody come together and have all the elements — Steven, Harrison (Ford), the script and Disney — come together at once. And it didn’t.”
I definitely think that's what it is too. Even the 'action movies' that he's done over the last 15 years have had some kind of new (for him anyway) use of digital technology that probably was part of the attraction to doing the movie. The only one that doesn't fall into that category was Indy IV which I'm sure he at least in part wanted to do because they were getting the band back together.I think Spielberg is at a point in his career and life, and this is just my take so I could be totally off base, where he knows there’s less ahead than there is behind, and that he’s just not as into repeating himself.
Yeah and he walked away from Jurassic Park a couple decades ago so it's not like he hasn't let someone else play with his toys after he's done.Wasn't Crystal Skull mostly Lucas's idea?
It's much harder to say "No" to a close personal friend as Lucas is for Spielberg than it is to say "No" to a big company like Disney which Spielberg doesn't really need anyway.
I'm all in for "Mutt Jones, and the Hemp Crusade"Yeah, with Spielberg stepping out, I'm more interested/excited I am about upcoming film(s). Frankly, I'm surprised Disney has let the franchise remain fallow as long as they have, likely in deference to Spielberg. Now that he's moved aside, let's get it on!
And hopefully they'll recast Indiana Jones as well. Let Ford have a cameo as Jones' father/grandfather, if he's interested.
Agree with pretty much everything here. I’ll just add that I’m in the minority that loves Temple of Doom to death. Seeing Connery and Ford together in the only reason to watch The Last Crusade (though it’s definitely a GOOD reason).I've always felt that Spielberg's heart was only in the first two Indy movies. With Raiders, I think he wanted to prove that he could make a big movie without going over budget and schedule, and with Temple of Doom, he had nothing left to prove and was just having fun. I know most people prefer Last Crusade to Temple of Doom - and it does have a better script and benefits from the presence of Connery - but the direction is very uninspired. The boat chase is lame and the motorcycle chase isn't much better than what you could see on TV at the time. It feels like it was ghost-directed by someone else. And Crystal Skull is like a greatest-hits reunion tour, less about the end product and more about hanging out with old friends and reliving past glories. It's like Spielberg's Adam Sandler movie.