Like a divorced mom who's had too much chardonnay, Steven Spielberg has been unusually forthcoming as of late in regards to mistakes, regrets, and who to blame for the high points and low points in his marriage with George Lucas. Last month, Spielberg offered some mild, veiled criticism towards Lucas's endless Star Wars tinkering while also personally admitting he "regretted" cover the original version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial with walkie talkies. And this month, when questioned by Empire as to the future of Indiana Jones, the director took the opportunity to let us all know that, while he may be to blame for whole "hiding from a nuclear blast in a refrigerator" thing from Crystal Skull, it's Papa Lucas who wears the Indiana Jones pants in this relationship, and he's the one who insisted on all that alien crap. Said Spielberg:
I sympathise with people who didn't like the [Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull] 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.
As for a fifth Indy film, we would "have to ask George Lucas," who is reportedly, "working on the story."
"I'll leave it to George to come up with a good story," Spielberg continued, presumably while rolling his eyes.
Jurassic Park 4, meanwhile, is a bit further along. As previously reported, Mark Protosevich is working on the screenplay, and Spielberg is "hoping that will come out in the next couple of years." Life always finds a way, to squeeze out more sequel dollars.