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A recent Entertainment Weekly issue had a huge interview with auteur Steven Spielberg in which he reiterated the story for Indiana Jones 5 was being worked on by George Lucas. Spielberg made it sound as if his collaborator was really close to having the whole thing together, but Vulture caught up with the director and got a different story.
“Actually, I told him I didn’t have it yet,” Lucas said. “I told him about the story, but I really haven’t found the MacGuffin yet. I mean, I know what it’s about, but I just have to find a MacGuffin that fits into the arena we’re working in.”
Alfred Hitchcock popularized the term “MacGuffin,” which roughly translates into “the thing various characters or parties want to obtain, to the point where they may shoot others or risk getting shot at.” In the Indiana Jones movies, MacGuffins have been everything from the Ark of the Covenant and ancient stones to the Holy Grail and crystal skulls. Considering many fans’ dislike of the latest Indy movie, maybe it’s a good idea that Lucas is taking his time to really nail down the sought after artifact.