As you probably have heard by now, George Lucas simply doesn't know when to quit. Lucas has told Fox News that he has an idea for the fifth Indiana Jones adventure. It may be meant as a joke, but then again this is Lucas we're talking about. As reported by Peter Sciretta at Slash Film, Lucas says, "I haven't even told Steven or Harrison this." (Probably not true, but, again, who would be surprised if it is?)
By itself, this is sheer gossip. Yet I'm using it to ask the question: Whatever happened to Lucas's insistence that he wanted to focus on making small, more personal and "esoteric" (according to him just two months ago at http://www.themovingpicture.net/) films after he was finally done with the Star Wars prequels? (He likened these esoteric films he plans to make to the Francis Ford Coppola small films, the first one being Youth Without Youth.) Of course, seemingly the second Revenge of the Sith hit cinemas he turned his attention not to any small films at all but rather "Indy 4." He plans to produce Red Tails, a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, which has been stewing in development so long that a 1995 TV movie about the same subject starring Laurence Fishburne beat it while it was still in development by nearly a decade and a half. In March he said that after producing Red Tails he would make these small films, which he said for http://www.themovingpicture.net/, would probably show up in arthouses for a week or two and nobody would notice they exist (like his friend, Coppola's, little films like Youth Without Youth and Tetro).
I also remember seeing Lucas in an interview with Charlie Rose saying that he wanted to make a film about slavery.
Yet, again, he seems to be interested in continuing the never-ending adventures of Indiana Jones (or Mutt Williams, as it were, with Indy playing a smaller part?). It's completely up to him what he wants to do, but it does seem like his almost truly endless talk of switching gears from massive tentpoles to intimately small and artsy films never quite materializes, and, without being blunt about it, Lucas isn't becoming any younger. Again, whatever he wishes to do is up to him--he's a billionaire, for goodness sakes--but if he is as interested in this change to challenging cinema, I suggest he start plugging away at that in the next few years like he recently said he wants to and leave the Star Wars TV shows and Indiana Jones comic books alone for a while. Is this the height of naivete or what?