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Indiana Jones 5 a real possibility? 20 Jun, 2009, 01:39 / 21 comments

It seems kind of obligatory to post about this. Ever since Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, there have been rumors about a possible fifth Indy film. No surprise, as there are always going to be rumors - you might recall mumblings about Indy4 since the release of Last Crusade. But in the past week things have started to get a little bit more convincing. As our friends at TheRaider.net have pointed out, son of Indiana Jones Shia LaBeouf said the following while interviewing about the upcoming Transformers sequel:
Steven [Spielberg] just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they're gearing that up.
Then there's another quote by producer Frank Marshall which states that while there is not yet a script (which of course means anything could happen), there is an active effort going on to get the project greenlit.

Personally, I would welcome Indiana Jones 5, and I was among the most deeply disappointed with the character's latest cinematic outing. It's just that these guys are all really old, and Ford probably only has one left in him, so why not? It's not like they can damage the series any more than they have, and I suspect after returning to Indy after such a long hiatus, Spielberg might actually be in the groove of fun summer escapism again and be able deliver a satisfying Indy flick that serves as a proper farewell to the iconic hero. We'll see, of course.

Comments

  • clone2727 on 22 Jun, 2009, 12:51…
    Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine: The Movie!
  • Lagomorph on 21 Jun, 2009, 23:34…
    I don't think there should be another Indiana Jones film. If it goes on like this, we're gonna have a first and a second trilogy, or a good and less good trilogy, or a younger vs old trilogy. All I'm saying is that it should stop here.

    I liked Indy 4, at least for the first part. It kinda started dragging when, after the russian camp, Indy had like 50 people which he had to keep track of. And the bit with the alien could have been a little bit more subtle.

    If an Indy 5 ever happens, they'll have to make it like Temple of Doom, and make it happen BEFORE part 4. Indy's married now, has a wife and son. He has too little left to go on an adventure in his current state.
  • Melancholick on 21 Jun, 2009, 06:17…
    I think the worst part about KOCS was the fact that--after watching the "Making of" on DVD--the Beards and Ford had their hearts in the right place going in. They seriously knew exactly what they wanted to make, how they wanted to execute it, brought all the right tools to the table... and in the end, totally negated it ALL by putting in the hands of a godawful storyteller who managed to completely screw the pooch.

    I mean, I don't even think that the KOCS STORY--nukes, aliens, snakes, cheesy one-liners and all--is what's at fault. Stripped to a synopsis, it's everything it SHOULD be, but the execution was so hamfisted that it bordered on embarrassing.

    I'm all for 5, but for God's sake, treat it like it's the closing chapter of a legacy with some REFLECTION between Indy and Mutt, rather than the Skip's Scramble of cinematic lit.
  • The Tingler on 20 Jun, 2009, 11:12…
    Good. I live in hope that (unlike George Lucas) Spielberg actually listens to complaints. He watches South Park, for starters. I'd like to think that it's pretty much thanks to that show (and Spielberg viewing it) that Raiders of the Lost Ark never got a Special Edition. He did send them a letter about it at least.

    Of course, the sticking point is the script. It took them 19 years to get a script they were all happy on.
  • Ascovel on 20 Jun, 2009, 21:24…
    And I hope that this time Spielberg won't shoot down Lucas ideas and limit guns and gore, so that we do get a real climax to the next movie not just a barely proper one.

    Ahem, Spielberg did E.T. SE and Raiders got a few CGI effects as well
  • The Tingler on 20 Jun, 2009, 23:12…
    On the other hand, Spielberg wanted KOTCS to be more like Raiders, but Lucas wanted to make it more like a 50s B-movie with aliens.
  • Udvarnoky on 21 Jun, 2009, 03:36…
    Which isn't a problem really. The problems with the movie stemmed from the storytelling, not the storyline. And that's the problem - after all those years of arguing over the alien stuff, the Beards didn't seem to care all that much about getting a decent writer to put their ideas together into a decent script, which is ultimately what actually matters as opposed to the artifact Harrison Ford is searching for.

    Also, regarding culpability about whatever plot elements of the movie may be disliked by some - at the end of the day, it's Spielberg's movie, with his name in the credits as the director. He approved everything and had the power to veto what he thought were bad ideas. Even if Lucas is the stubborn bully he's always made out to be, the buck still stops with Spielberg.
  • Kolzig on 20 Jun, 2009, 06:03…
    They should let Indy rest in peace. The fourth one was so horrible that it can't be even concidered as an Indy movie...
  • Icebox on 20 Jun, 2009, 04:24…
    Last Crusade Already Pretty Much Put The Series To Bed. It ended incredibly, with proper weight and momentum, peacefully. After witnessing a final movement so beautiful, I can't possibly lend a new film credence. Fate of Atlantis was something else all together. As it stands, Indy is indeed dead.
  • Udvarnoky on 20 Jun, 2009, 04:34…
    No franchise is dead when its latest entry pulls in almost 800 million dollars.
  • AlfredJ on 20 Jun, 2009, 02:38…
    Come on guys, Indy 4 was awesome, and you know it. It's not like Indy is suddenly all about realism. Bring it on, Spiel!
  • PirateKingChris on 20 Jun, 2009, 02:51…
    I agree with you on most fronts...but there WAS too much CGI and I HATE the scene where Mutt swings with the monkeys. (Otherwise I don't hate Mutt)
  • Udvarnoky on 20 Jun, 2009, 02:45…
    Realism had nothing to do with it. Neither did the 50s, or CGI, or anything like that. The movie was completely devoid of energy.
  • Capn_Nacho on 20 Jun, 2009, 03:41…
    I didn't think it was COMPLETELY devoid of energy- I think there were some great (short) scenes, like the diner fight/motorcycle/car chase sequence. Unfortunately, that just made the lifelessness of the other bits all that much more depressing.

    I agree with you on Indy5, and think your attitude about all this is completely healthy, by the way. Bring it on!
  • jp-30 on 20 Jun, 2009, 04:42…
    What's that anecdote about even and odd numbered Star Trek movies...
  • The Tingler on 20 Jun, 2009, 11:08…
    After the last two, it doesn't really work now unfortunately.
  • neon_git on 20 Jun, 2009, 13:23…
    Well, I really didn't like Temple of Doom so, as far as I'm concerned, it's fair to say all even numbered Indy films are shit.
  • Udvarnoky on 20 Jun, 2009, 17:09…
    People who don't like Temple of Doom should be put to sleep.

    I mean, I respect your opinion.
  • Izzy on 20 Jun, 2009, 02:02…
    All I know is that if it invovles a CERTAIN refrigerator surviving a blast from a CERTAIN nuclear bomb then I'm out. In my opinion I think it should be sent to the Marx brothers!
    (Lame reference I know)
  • Ascovel on 20 Jun, 2009, 21:27…
    That was one of my favorite scenes.
  • Capn_Nacho on 20 Jun, 2009, 21:47…
    Mine too, I thought it was great.