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'Indiana Jones 5' Has George Lucas Stumped

The filmmaker has the genre and a concept for the fifth installment, but hasn't found the MacGuffin yet.
Indiana Jones 5 has George Lucas stumped.
Indiana Jones 5 has George Lucas stumped.
Indiana Jones 5 story MacGuffin has George Lucas stumpedIn a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, Steven Spielberg revealed that George Lucas has figured out the genre of Indiana Jones 5, and that they have a concept in mind, but he doesn't know where the story is at.

"It's up to George. We have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind. I don't know where George is with the story. There is no Indiana Jones 5 until George says there is."

George Lucas has now come forward to admit that the story has him stumped. While he has figured out a genre and a concept for Indiana Jones 5, he has not yet been able to find the perfect MacGuffin, the device (such as the Ark of the Covenent or the Crystal Skull) upon which to hinge the plot upon. And it may be a while before he settles on one.

"I really haven't found the MacGuffin yet. I mean, I know what it's about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we're working in."

When asked if Henry Jones, Jr.'s extended family would be playing a part in the story, George Lucas only had this to say.

"Yeah, we'll see!"

Indiana Jones 5 is in development .

Sources: Vulture

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Comments (70)

  1. ChiRep_1

    @ROFLitschristian Bold move my friend, I might have to agree with you on that one.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  2. ChiRep_1

    @ROFLitschristian Bold move my friend, I might have to agree with you on that one.

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  3. Sean

    I like that idea as well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. ROFLitschristian

    @ghostman I couldn't deal with regular Indy. All this sci-fi chiz just gives me a headache.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  5. ROFLitschristian

    @ChiRep-1 Only Spielberg's film won't be half as good. Oh yes, I said it.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  6. Josh

    @thedude-abides I agree! A couple of lame moments aside, Crystal Skull is classic Indy, and a better movie than Temple of Doom, in my opinion.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. Josh

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, there is, but that concept could easily be retooled for a movie.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman There's already a video game with Atlantis right?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. ChiRep_1

    @ghostman If it has ANYTHING to do with aliens, you know Spielberg has considered it already. ;)

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. slysnide

    @ghostman: Nah, too much BS with the Bermuda Triangle. Literally it's no more dangerous nor has any higher number of disappearances than anywhere else in the ocean. Stats prove that. Just a bunch of hacks who want TV shows go around claiming it is. Flight 19 for example was solved the day it happened, yet it's still mysterious to the masses decades later. Skip Bermuda and inform us of the genre so we can aid in a macguffin if they indeed go through with the project.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  11. Ghostman


    What about the Bermuda Triangle that takes Indy to the lost city of Atlantis? That sounds like a great idea to me :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  12. the Narrator

    @thedude-abides, my reasons for not liking it as much as I felt I should have were really the dialouge with certain characters, such as old age puns that were reminiscent of the Star Wars prequel dialouge. Then again, Lucas has always been that way with his words, it just used to be cooler then than it is now, and more fitting. another thing was the poor ending, which left me dissatisfied. And lastly, I guess the lack of any real draw to the film other than Indy, meaning that I wasn't in love with the artifact, or the adventure so much as the brand.

    ...that said, I did enjoy it. I can not lie about that. It also definitely had a few fantastic scenes in it, and a few bad ones aside (refrigerator scene, tree-branch/niagra falls scene), it was an overall entertaining and nostalgic experience. Worthy of a C grade IMO. Still, it could've been better.

    In all honesty, I'm surprised you actually liked it, so good on you. :)

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. ChiRep_1

    @ROFLitschristian ;) It only seems necessary given Abrams did an homage to Spielberg's alien film, return the favor!

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  14. Goliath

    Lucas..."Let it go!" (In Henry Jones Sr's voice)

    3 years agoby @goliathFlag

  15. ROFLitschristian

    @ChiRep-1 Oh. My. God. Yes. Best. I. Dea. Ever.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  16. Sean

    They already did that for Pirates 4.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. Worth5Bucks

    and he can stay STUMPED for all i care lol

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  18. ChiRep_1

    Collaborate with JJ Abrams again and have them hunt the monster from Cloverfield!! I need to know!

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  19. bipolarmassive

    Well until you figure out this"MacGuffin", in the meantime I suggest you keep it on the shelf. Or leave it alone as well...

    3 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  20. m2

    I say leave it alone.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Since they did aliens last time, why not something supernatural, again?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. slysnide

    Why don't he just tell us the genre, and we'll all find one in a minute. Ready for it? The MacGuffin will be Indy retiring after marriage.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  23. moviegeek


    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  24. ridgl

    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH! go for the irony.

    3 years agoby @ridglFlag

  25. Writer220

    I only admire George for one thing, the way he keeps making money.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  26. Writer220

    George needs to stay away from Indiana Jones and get the person who wrote the Uncharted series to write this script. I have nothing against Steven, but make this worth while this time. Indy 4 could have been so much better if Lucas wasn't attached. Keep that frude going and bury that hatchet into George for the rest of your life.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  27. thedude-abides

    Indy 4 was a fine film; I'll challenge anyone as to the contrary. I'd love to hear why people didn't like it, as opposed to just saying you didn't like it or it wasn't good. Those aren't reasons.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  28. thedude-abides

    This is nothing. Unlike all the mindless b.s. that comes out each year, this is actually what happens when a writer/director/producer gives a sh*t about what he's putting out there. If anything, it's refreshing somebody of his ilk cares enough about the material to not sacrifice quality for the sake of turning a profit.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  29. Avian

    George needs to take his time, Steven needs to actually want to direct a Indy movie this time (didn't want to with Indy 4), and they need to discuss the movie and not just half-ass it again.

    3 years agoby @avian005Flag

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