Steven Spielberg: ‘New ‘Indiana Jones’ movie is up to George Lucas’

Actress Karen Allen says Spielberg and Harrison Ford are both 'game' for the project

A potential fifth Indiana Jones film depends on George Lucas, director Steven Spielberg has insisted.

Lucas and Spielberg created the character for 1981’s Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark and cast Harrison Ford in the title role. The film has since spawned three sequels, all directed by Spielberg based on stories devised by Lucas.

The most recent instalment came in 2008, pairing Ford with Shia LaBeouf for Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. The film was a hit at the box office, grossing over $786 million (£482 million) worldwide.

The 2008 movie also saw the return of Karen Allen as love interest Marion Ravenwood, a role the actress had played in the first film some 27 years previously. Allen is currently promoting a new Blu-ray box set called Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, which is released in the UK on October 8.

When asked whether she would return for another film, Allen told “I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently – we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, ‘What should I say? I’m doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?’ And he said, ‘It’s in George’s [Lucas] hands! I’m game, Harrison’s game, and now it’s up to George to write the script or to get the script organised, and the story’.”

Summarising the current status of the sequel, Allen added: “They want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don’t want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes.”