Update: DEBUNKED – USA Today writer Anthony Breznican tweeted “Lucasfilm tells me flat-out: #IndianaJones 5 rumors, Bermuda Triangle, etc, are completely bogus. Not happening.”
In June of 2009, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull co-star Shia LaBeouf told reporters that Steven Spielberg had “cracked” the story for Indiana Jones 5 and he thinks “they’re gearing that up.” But as far as I can tell, no screenwriter has been hired to turn that idea into a script.
Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford reiterated the first part of Shia’s previous statement in March, stating that “Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it.” Ford went on to explain the process: “The process works like this… We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.” We now might have more information about the possible sequel.
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In June of 2009, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull co-star Shia LaBeouf told reporters that Steven Spielberg had “cracked” the story for Indiana Jones 5 and he thinks “they’re gearing that up.” But as far as I can tell, no screenwriter has been hired to turn that idea into a script. Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford reiterated the first part of Shia’s previous statement, telling the BBC this week that “Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it.” Ford went on to explain the process:
“The process works like this… We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.”
Right now it sounds like they are only at step one. If a fifth Indiana Jones movie ever happens, it’s very likely we won’t see it for some time.
Is development on a fifth Indiana Jones film further along than we think? CBS’s The Insider claims that Harrison Ford is set to return as Indy for another adventure, which won’t “start until next year, and it will not be released before 2011, when the star will be 69.”
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Earlier this week most of us gave a collective groan when Shia LaBeouf mentioned that Steven Spielberg had cracked the story for a fifth Indiana Jones film. So how far off is it, really? Empire‘s headline today (“Indy 5 Is A Go!”) might lead you to think sooner rather than later, but that may not be the case. Producer Frank Marshall said things that Empire interpreted as meaning the film “could be approaching the pencil-chewing script development stage,” which means it isn’t anywhere close to happening. Read More »
The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen team are in the UK, to premiere the film and plug the mercy out if it. My own video from the London press day is coming soon, but in the meantime, the BBC have popped their own interviews online and, by the by, broken a story on the next Indiana Jones film.
Newsround presenter Lizo Mzimba squeezed Shia LaBeouf for some details on his upcoming projects and according to the sometime Jones Jr., Steven Spielberg has “cracked” the story for the next movie and is “gearing that up”.
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We’ve known that George Lucas—who apparently chews on fanboy disappointment like Popeye does spinach—is considering another Indiana Jones sequel, even though a proposed Mutt Williams torch-passing seems more and more unlikely (and hokey). Harrison Ford expressed interest over the summer in making an Indiana Jones 5, and preferably sooner than later. The actor’s stance hasn’t changed. He chatted with Hero Complex and gave this New Age-y update…
“Really, [another sequel] comes from the ethos, from the ether. It’s natural. It’s a way of nature, of course, success breed opportunities … also we don’t stay as closely in contact as have in the last year, that’s part of it.”
As for the next storyline, Ford says that Lucas is currently swimming in a think tank and refers to the plot (or something) as “crazy but great.” He also shot down the possibility of an animated Indiana Jones film, an idea that’s been batted around by the bearded Star Wars overlord. So, the question remains, do these guys attempt to make up for Crystal Skull‘s unworthiness and do they even recognize it in face of the $700 million-plus box office? Answer: “Prequels.”
Discuss: Want to see a “crazy but great” effort to re-nuke the fridge?
Back in May, George Lucas excitedly told Fox News that he had an idea to make a new Indiana Jones movie without Harrison Ford.
“I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this,” Lucas said. “But I have an idea to make Shia [LeBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.”
Lucas sat down with the AP earlier this week and assured them if there were to be a fifth Indy film, stating that there is the possibility of such, it would star Harrison Ford. But he said that a Mutt Williams spin-off film is also possible, but it wouldn’t be an Indiana Jones film.
“If Indiana Jones wasn’t in it, you’d have to call it ‘Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.’ … “Yeah, it’s ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis.’”
With George, you never know if he’s joking or not. Could his idea really have been Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis? Would anyone really pay to see such a movie? Apparently Lucas gave out the same title to MTV during their interview as well. So either he thinks its funny or is testing the waters. Please say it was a joke.
When it comes to interviews, George Lucas is like that dad who never says anything too out of line, but leaves you pissed off and checking for emotional and totally unnecessary welts. In a new interview with the Times Online, he discusses Indiana Jones 5 and takes more shots at Crystal Skull and Steven Spielberg…
“If I can come up with another idea that they like, we’ll do another. Really, with the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic. I was trying to persuade him. But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place. So, still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we’ll see where we are able to take the next one.”
Great. Read the above quote and imagine he’s weighing out whether to take a shit before he leaves Spielberg’s manse. It’s no different. Moreover, it turns out that Spielberg and Harrison Ford aren’t avatars, and they are simply too rich and powerful…
“Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying ‘I want it this way’ and ‘I want it that way’, whereas, when I first did Jones, I just said, ‘We’ll do it this way’ — and that was much easier. But now I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys, too, so it’s a little hard on a practical level.”
Painful. Maybe he should hire Phil Jackson as a consultant? Lucas says he looms over a realm called the “father’s world,” whereas his empire’s video games, merch and books are the “son’s world.” As for the fans and bloggers? We are the “holy ghost”—now you know—and Lucas says we can “go our own way.” Fleetwood Mactastic. Outside of more Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas still aspires to make those personal films. This is probably my fave Lucas quote of all time…
“I can’t say yet, but [my next films will] be personal. In fact, I’d sooner just make them and not even release them, just put them on the shelf, like ships in a bottle — ‘Oh, look, let me show you my collection.’ Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Films are a very expensive hobby. And you have to get people to want to go and see them.”
You see, these guitars cannot be played, touched even. Don’t point!
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