While talking to Empire about both The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, director extraordinaire Steven Spielberg also said a few words about the next installments of two of his biggest franchises.
On the subject of a fourth Jurassic Park movie, Spielberg said, "The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I'm hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three ..." Protosevich has a story credit on Thor and was also involved in adapting the Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend.
When it came time to talk about the next Indiana Jones movie, the director said George Lucas is working on the story, although it's not to the script stage yet, noting that all the story decisions are left to his longtime friend.
The conversation moved to the controversial fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with its gophers, refrigerators, monkeys and big-headed aliens. Spielberg likes the finished product and the influence it had on the way we talk about movies, but does say that he disagreed with some of the specific story points.
"I'm very happy with the movie," he told the magazine. "I always have been... I sympathize with people who didn't like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin. George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn't want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in -- even if I don't believe in it - I'm going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it. I'll add my own touches, I'll bring my own cast in, I'll shoot the way I want to shoot it, but I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that."
The director does defend the use of the gopher, and also enjoys the fact that people have replaced the term "jump the shark" with "nuke the fridge," an element that he took credit, or blame, for.