Steven Spielberg defends ‘Indiana Jones 4’

Superstar director says he was happy with the critically panned sequel

Steven Spielberg has spoken out in defence of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

The fourth movie in the action series attracted critical derision on its release in 2008, but the director has said that he was still happy with the result.

Spielberg said that he was particularly proud of the decision to give the hero a son, played by Shia LaBeouf, telling Entertainment Weekly: “I’m really proud of the movie. I loved bringing Marion back, I love the fact that Indy now has a son. It’s a family action film, and I love that whole conceit.”

However, he did admit that he and George Lucas had disagreements over the controversial decision to feature aliens in the movie. He said: “It’s public that George and I and Harrison all had a clash about genre and concept. But I’ve always told George’s stories.

“George wrote all four stories for all four movies. I’ll fight for things I don’t believe, but ultimately, if George wants to bring interdimensional beings into Crystal Skull, I will do the best job I possibly can to acquit George’s ideas and make him proud.”