Steven Spielberg: ‘I had furious rows with George Lucas over Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull’

Director also spills the beans on the next installment of the adventure series

Steven Spielberg has admitted he had huge rows with Star Wars creator George Lucas for using aliens in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

The director said introducing beings from another world was a bad idea in the movie after the original trilogy focused on religion and archaeology.

He added:

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.

But despite directing all four of the movies while Lucas co-produced and wrote the stories, Spielberg revealed that he let the Star Wars creator take charge.

He told Empire: “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.”

Lead star Harrison Ford recently dubbed co-star Shia LaBeouf a “fucking idiot” for publicly criticising the fourth installment.

Meanwhile, Spielberg said work is well under way on the fifth film of the Indy series. He added: “We haven’t gone to screenplay yet, but he’s [Lucas] is working on the story I’ll leave it to George to come up with a good story.”