George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford Hid a Subtle ‘Star Wars’ Reference in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

The Indiana Jones franchise is one that has been going strong since the early ’80s. Not only did the series reinforce Harrison Ford’s status as a Hollywood icon, but it reinvigorated the genre of the classic action-adventure. With Ford’s star power, the Indiana Jones series is one that appeals to fans of all ages. With the fifth film installment of the legendary franchise coming soon to theaters in 2022, even more viewers are discovering the joys of the franchise. And they’re learning about some behind-the-scenes secrets and in-jokes — including one involving Star Wars.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg collaborated on ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Harrison Ford (C), George Lucas (L), and Steven Spielberg at the photocall of ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ during the 61st Cannes Film Festival. | Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg began their collaborative process in the ’70s. At the time, Spielberg was already one of Hollywood’s biggest talents. Their earliest, successful collaboration was on the 1977 film Star Wars, based on a story by Lucas. While Spielberg didn’t receive a credit in the blockbuster film, ScreenRant reports that Spielberg still had an active role in the filmmaking process. He advised Lucas on several key points, including the hiring of composer John Williams to score the film.