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My Favorite Scene: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) “Bridge Battle”

Before Crystal Skull, if there was a weak link in the Indy series, it was 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (now it looks like a masterpiece).  Set before Raiders, because Lucas convinced Spielberg that Jones should be like Bond with a different girl in every film.  The original second movie was going to revolve around Karen Allen’s father, Indiana’s mentor, but Lucas wanted to do something darker.  George was going through a divorce and one of the darkest periods of his life, so instead of meeting Marian’s family, we got a Kali death cult in India that kidnapped children and performed human sacrifices.  Dark times for George.

Dark enough that the violence in Temple of Doom upset so many parents that the MPAA created the PG-13 rating directly as a result of this film (which is pretty tame compared to most PG-13 films now, but good luck getting the MPAA to do anything about revising the ratings system).  I can’t stand Kate Capshaw’s incessant screaming, and the opening club/musical number kind of makes me wince, but you can’t deny the awesomeness of Short Round and a number of the action pieces, especially the iconic mine car sequence, but the best piece in the film is Indy’s stand on the bridge.  It’s one of the best moments in the series, hands down.

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Indiana Jones 5 is on the Way! Will Chris Pratt Be the New Dr. Jones?

Are you our new Indy?
Are you our new Indy?

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.

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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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Harrison Ford in Talks for TWO More Indiana Jones Films

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm it not only acquired Star Wars, it also acquired the rights to Indiana Jones.  Star Wars has been Disney’s focus since day one and any inquiries into the status of Indiana Jones basically resulted in a “we’ll do something with it but we’re not focusing on it”.  That appears to not be entirely true if reports from Internet source Market Saw (who first broke news of the Star Wars sequels) are true.   Continue reading Harrison Ford in Talks for TWO More Indiana Jones Films