Will Indiana Jones IV finally escape its temple of doom and make its last crusade onto screens? Does that even make sense? The answer to at least one of those questions was given by the Indy triumvirate--Lucas, Spielberg and Ford--as the trio revealed that, yes, they probably might make Indiana Jones IV in maybe mid-2007 for a 2008 release possibly. How are they so nearly certain? Because Lucas has a new philosophy on the series: make it as shitty as he made Star Wars.
"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".
The 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation has freed up an idea for a plot that was originally deemed too incendiary.
"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".
So the possibility for Indiana Jones IV has opened because of a McGuffin, eh? But of course, when Lucas throws around an unspecified McGuffin in an interview like this, fans are only going to be wondering one thing--why the hell does he keep saying "McGuffin"? Honestly, did he just hear the word?