Indiana Jones 5 is assembling a writers' room, no George Lucases allowed

In a culture often overwhelmed by some of the shittiest fanbases on the planet, it’s become pretty passé to bag on George Lucas for “ruining your childhood” or whatever. That said, we still don’t want the dude anywhere near another Star Wars movie. The same goes for the in-development Indiana Jones 5, especially after…

Steven Spielberg told Eli Roth to scare the shit out of kids with The House With A Clock In Its Walls

We’re less than a month away from the release of The House With A Clock In Its Walls, over-the-top horror auteur Eli Roth’s first foray into the world of PG-rated scares. It’s a pretty serious departure from (or, as he’d term it, evolution of) Roth’s signature style, an attempt to translate his love of horror into…

Spielberg’s Jaws adaptation cut the mafia and sex subplots—and made movie history

For all the variety in summer blockbusters, the category has a few attributes that seem pretty much mandatory whether you’re talking about the latest special-effects extravaganza, a broad comedy, or any other genre of crowd-pleaser. First, there’s a high-concept premise, something easily summarized in a couple of…

Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan to write Indiana Jones 5, which has now been delayed

A fifth Indiana Jones movie is an inevitability, since Disney didn’t spend $4 billion on Lucasfilm just to make Star Wars sequels, but the movie has at least been delayed past its original 2020 release date. Variety says the holdup has been on the creative end, with “key members” of the team having trouble settling on…

James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

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When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

Steven Spielberg's been trying to work with Stephen King for a very long time now

It was a long time ago, in a universe not so unlike our own, that two men entered the pop-culture firmament with projects that actually came out the same day. April 5, 1974 saw the publication of Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, and Steven Spielberg’s first theatrical release, The Sugarland Express. And never the…

Steven Spielberg is open to a female Indiana Jones, so let's do some fantasy casting

In a recent interview with The Sun (via The Hollywood Reporter), Steven Spielberg suggested that he’d be open to a future Indiana Jones star being a woman, noting that they’d “have to change the name from Jones to Joan” and that there’s “nothing wrong with that” (other than the fact that last names don’t work that…

James Cameron says he would've made a "much nastier" version of Jurassic Park

In an anecdote that doesn’t get nearly as much space as it deserves, James Cameron revealed to The Huffington Post in a newly resurfaced interview that he almost bought the rights to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel. Cameron says Steven Spielberg actually beat him to it “by a few hours,” though, and after he saw…

Booted from the galaxy far, far away, Colin Trevorrow returns to Jurassic World

It’s just like the old saying goes: The door to one mega-budget, effects-heavy, nostalgia-mining franchise closes and another one opens. Steven Spielberg today told Entertainment Weekly that Colin Trevorrow, the man behind 2015’s massively successful (and relentlessly self-referential) Jurassic World, will be writing…

Our critics plug in to Ready Player One

On today’s episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Ready Player One, the adaptation of the divisive novel by Ernest Kline, and the latest event from Hollywood’s blockbuster godfather, Steven Spielberg. Ready Player One imagines a bleak, ashen…

The 25 best set pieces of Steven Spielberg’s career

Broadly defined, a set piece is a thriller within a film, a self-contained showstopper-slash-showcase whose success depends in large part on a director’s chops. Since the 1970s, Steven Spielberg has reigned as its Hollywood master; regardless of what one thinks of his sentimental or narrative instincts, it’s hard to…