Lucas Spielberg, George Lucas, Indiana Jones discussed on The Jason Stapleton Program


Third success heated close encounters of the third kind and you dual and a bunch of other ones in and no one was giving him any respect like they thought he was just like he was a, he was a circus circus sideshow. He was a young kid with no depth in who was as a filmmaker. And, oh, yes, stuff was good and yeah makes a lot of it was really high grossing, but it really lacks any artistic creativity. And we've just dogged him his whole life. He was a young. He was a kid and it was it got so bad. This is how bad it God Spielberg. He did a movie called nineteen forty one, and it was a comedy. He had come off three very big successes. He thought he was going to do a comedy nineteen, forty one. It was a huge flop. It sent him into a huge depression. And at the time it was really a creative time in Hollywood and interesting time because you had Martin Scorsese you had George Lucas, you had depalma and you. You had the Spielberg that we're all and Francis Ford Coppola see all these five directors that were all friends at the time, and they were all brand new directors who were trying to figure out how it was going to work. And there was a lot of opportunity to try new things at that time in the nineteen seventies and eighties Rexy late sixties and seventies, and all of these guys were kinda coming up at the same time. They hung out together and they critiqued each other's work diploma was, you know, was just trashing George Lucas after after they saw the rough cuts Star Wars and and just criticizing him for what he was creating and. I'm telling you all of this to explain that after nineteen forty one Spielberg was in pretty deep depression and all three of the movies he had done had gone way over budget and way over time. So they've been huge successes but had been a constant constant struggle, and the studios didn't wanna take any more gambles on him. So here he is in this deep dark depression because he hasn't said this huge failure. Nobody believes them. Nobody thinks that he's got what it takes up. This proves that we know it was going to happen. He's proved us right and George Lucas shows up. George Lucas says, come with me. He said, I got this film. It's about an archeologist who is going after supernatural objects, and I want you to direct it. It was Indiana Jones. And Spielberg said, I love it. I would love to directed and Spielberg took it to the studios and the studios would not fund the movie because Spielberg was the one directing they'll Spielberg has never come in on budget. He's never come in on time, and this is this is not that type of project. Like we know what this is. This is really tempted to Hollywood. It's it's a fun. It's a fun movie, but it's really a high end movie. That's what the original this with Eurasian Indiana Jones was. And they said, we're, we're get us another director and we'll fund the film, but we're not giving you twenty million dollars for Indiana Jones because they're the, he'll he won't come in on time or on budget and Lucas Spielberg went to Lucas, and he said, I give you my word as a man. And as your friend, that if it's a twenty million dollar movie, I will make the movie for twenty million dollars and Lucas refused to hire a new director. And eventually the studios caved. And the rest is history. What? What I'm I share all of that with you. One of the this is one of the reasons I love by a love reading biographies, and I love documentaries about people. Is that what you learn is that we know George Lucas today? Sorry, we know Spielberg today as perhaps the greatest filmmaker in history. When you look at everything from Jurassic Park and to to eight millimeter to ET. I mean, the man was is a legend. Everything he's done with the exception of one or two films has been epic. And there's this assumption that, oh, it must have been easy or he had so much creativity and so much talent heated..

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