We can always count on our pals at Cinephilia and Beyond to dig up the film gems. Spotted by our own Erik Davis, this 50-minute, 1990 interview with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese about the future of the movies is a fantastic find. The late, great Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert lead the discussion.
The gentlemen talk future projects, technology and the state of film. Lucas mentions the Star Wars prequels and seems almost sentimental when he emphasizes the importance of knowing where the characters came from. Meanwhile, Spielberg (who resembles Peter Jackson!) indicates that he's done with E.T., his beloved blockbuster. He also expresses an interest in making a Howard Hughes biopic. Interestingly enough, Scorsese would direct that film in 2004 — The Aviator, which went on to land 11 Academy Awards nominations, winning five.
We're treated to a clip from the work print of Scorsese's highly successful Goodfellas, which hadn't hit theaters yet, and the director drops a hint about making a costume drama/tale of unrequited love set in the 1870s. Three years later, Scorsese's adaptation of The Age of Innocence was released. Amusingly, Siskel quotes Spielberg as saying, "Someday, we'll all be working for George." The film critic wonders aloud if they'll actually all be working for Spielberg, but we know how that turned out.
Make some time in your day for this great video, and feel free to mention other nerdy "back to the future-ish" stuff you spot in the clip.