What we got, in both of those cases, was exactly what we dreaded and nothing of what might have dragged those franchises out of their respective doldrums.
We’re still, for better or worse (more on this later), a few years out from Indy 5’s arrival, so if Paramount, LucasFilm, Koepp, Spielberg et al are inclined to take heed, some of the following might help make this a return to form rather than further slip into ignominy.
Keep George Lucas away
Rumour has it that various earlier ideas for Indy 4 were rejected by George Lucas, in favour of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Needless to say, it is pure conjecture at this point as to whether any of those ideas would have held up better than Skull, but it seems pretty clear that Lucas has long since lost whatever creative golden touch he once had.
His Star Wars prequels were consistently horrible and it has only been since he has been benched for the sequel trilogy that people like JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson have been able to come on board and the franchise restored to something more closely approximating its former glory.
With LucasFilm going over to Disney and taking Star Wars and Indy with it, Lucas should be kept away from any producer/creative consultant input. Let the creative talent already on board call the shots and trust them to get it right. Koepp and Spielberg are pretty good at this stuff.
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