UK film magazine Empire are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the start of the Indiana Jones trilogy with a commerative issue. They recently caught up with original producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg. George has some rather worrying news for fans:
“We’re basically going to do The Phantom Menace”, says Lucas (stay with him here, he’s making a point). People’s expectations are way higher than you can deliver. You could just get killed for the whole thing…We would do it for fun and just take the hit with the critics and the fans…But nobody wants to get into it unless they are really happy with it”.
And he goes on:
“I discovered a McGuffin,” continues Lucas, still reluctant to name said McGuffin. “I told the guys about it and they were a little dubious about it, but it’s the best one we’ve ever found… Unfortunately, it was a little too ‘connected’ for the others. They were afraid of what the critics would think. They said, “Can’t we do it with a different McGuffin? Can’t we do this?” and I said “No”. So we pottered around with that for a couple of years. And then Harrison really wanted to do it and Steve said, “Okay”. I said, “We’ll have to go back to that original MacGuffin and take out the offending parts of it and we’ll still use that area of the supernatural do deal with it”.
“Hopefully it will be different in all the right ways and the same in all the familiar ways”.
Just don’t do it guys. Instead of rehashing and tainting the originals why not create a totally new character and surprise us with a completely different trilogy for the modern age?