George Lucas Ponders 5th Indiana Jones Adventure
ComingSoon managed to chat briefly with George Lucas when he came to Los Angeles to present the American Cinematheque’s 23rd annual award to Samuel L. Jackson.
Of the actor, who played Mace Windu in the most recent trilogy, he commented, “To be honest, he’s the only one who asked, actually. He didn’t really lobby for it. He was on a talk show and someone asked him what movie he would’ve liked to be in or that he would like to be in that he hadn’t been in and he said ‘Star Wars.’ So I called him up and said ‘Is that true? Do you really want to be in Star Wars?’ He said ‘Yeah – as long as I’m a Jedi,’ and I said ‘Well, I have a little tiny role, but it grows if you’re willing to do the three movies.’ He said ‘I’m in.’ It was just like that. He didn’t look at it like ‘This is a chance to make a whole bunch of money, a chance to do a big thing.’ He just did what was asked of him and tried to make it as good as he possibly could.”
He confirmed his desire to make a fifth Indiana Jones film and noted, “We’re looking for a MacGuffin, which is an object that he goes after. They’re very hard to come by!” He would not commit to which characters, such as Marion and Mutt, would be in the picture, waiting to see the needs of the elusive story.
Lucas also reaffirmed to milk Star Wars for more profit by converting them to the latest 3-D technology which he said “is very difficult. It exists – it’s just extremely expensive, and so what we’re trying to do is figure out a more practical way of pulling it off.”
He then named Anthony Hamilton as his director for Red Tails, his long-gestating project about World War II Tuskegee Airmen which will shoot in the spring. No casting has been announced.