Originally Published: June 23, 2005
Sci Fi Wire reports that Steven Spielberg was evasive when asked about the plot for the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel at the Tokyo debut of War of the Worlds. “If I did that, my really good friend and collaborator would have me on a silver platter,” Spielberg apparently told the AP, referring to George Lucas. “I gotta be careful because if I tell you that, he might take over directing Indy 4 himself. And I won’t have a job.”
At another event, AFI’s 33rd life-achievement awards gala, which honored Lucas, Spielberg told USA Today that screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (who also wrote The Terminal and Catch Me if you Can) is close to completion on a final draft of the film, which should be ready by the end of the summer.
Variety had previously reported that Lucas summoned Nathanson to his headquarters to go over the draft, and that he and Spielberg had both given their approval.
Spielberg hopes to begin production in 2006.