We’ve all known for awhile that the Indiana Jones franchise was going to be rebooted. Well, let me restate that: revived. Clearly the original plan was for us all to love Mutt (Shia LeBeouf) in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and the ending to that film clearly taps him as the next Dr. Jones. Well, we didn’t love Mutt, Indy 4 was largely a disaster and Shia LeBeouf went clinically insane.
So, time to march on to Plan B. As part of the deal that sold Lucasfilm to Disney (that $4 billion they paid was chump change; Episode VII will make that back) George threw in the then-dead Indiana Jones franchise as a bonus. Indiana Jones, if handled right, can be James Bond with a whip. The possibilities are endless, you just need the right guy under the fedora and A GOOD SCRIPT.
Chris Pratt has been rumored to be Disney’s guy to take this over for awhile now. He has an existing working relationship with them from his work in the MCU as Star-Lord, and blockbuster cred from Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Jurassic World (where he also has a relationship with Steven Spielberg, who says he wants to direct Indy still). I love the pick. Pratt’s got the humor, the physicality, he’s likable and he doesn’t have to have every quality Harrison Ford does. Not every James Bond is the same. For example Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are awesome and Roger Moore looks like a waiter.
Today, Kathleen Kennedy, who has been Lucasfilm’s head under Disney and involved with all the past Indy films, officially said that #5 is a go. So, get ready. Let’s see if Disney can rock Indiana Jones the same way they have Marvel, Star Wars and animation. Below is an excerpt from Rolling Stone‘s article confirming the go-ahead.
Star Wars isn’t the only dormant George Lucas cinematic franchise that’s being revived thanks to the producer’s deal with Disney. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the company has begun “talking about” making a new Indiana Jones film. Harrison Ford‘s fedora-wearing treasure hunter last appeared in the franchise’s 2008 fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, with the next installment still years away, it’s unclear whether or not the 72-year-old Ford will return to crack his trademark whip.
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