Indy 5 is a GO!

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The hat is officially out of the bag. On Monday Shia Labeouf let slip that a follow up to Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was on the cards and now Frank Marshall has pretty much confirmed it, suggesting that Indy V could be approaching the pencil-chewing script development stage.

Although he didn’t specify timelines, Marshall told Empire that ideas would be worked on with a view to green-lighting production sooner rather than later. “It’s really about the script,” says the veteran Indy producer. “Once we see that, we’ll see. We’re not going to wait another 20 years. We’d all love to make another one. I’m anxious to hear the idea!”

But are Mr. Spielberg, Ford and Lucas equally sold on a fifth outing for the whip-cracking archaeologist? “Yeah. We had a great time making the last one and, as Harrison said, we need to make this one soon. We’re not getting any younger.”

With Ford fast approaching his 67th birthday, time is definitely of the essence. Up may have raised the bar for the ageing adventurers, but Indy showed signs of creakiness in The Crystal Skull and it’s safe to rule out too many rolling boulder chases or collapsing rope bridges from a further sequel. Hopefully the same goes for the gopher.

One caveat to all this is the lack of a concrete idea. As Marshall told us: “Until there’s a script, nothing’s definite. I haven’t heard the idea.”

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One thought on “Indy 5 is a GO!

  1. God how I hope they don’t screw this one up. Indy 4, for me, was the equivalent of opening the Ark of the Covenant. It took forever for my face to grow back. 😛 Ok so I may be acting a little harsh and I do have to give them some credit. It takes a lot to want to make a sequel after 19 years. However, I think 19 years was just too long to wait. I think once they past the 5 year point they should’ve said “Ok there’s no point in doing this now.” It would’ve been interesting to see what the other scripts were like. I can’t imagine they were much worse than what Lucas penned. I respect the guy, but at the same time I kind of hate him. lol He brings back all his old characters for another outing and then butchers them.
    I’m hoping they drop the “family” storyline for this next one. The Last Crusade gave us that “father-son” emphasis, there was no need to repeat it for Indy 4, maybe Indy 6 if they planned on making two more and then they could’ve ended the series there. Because it’s logical that Indy would’ve had a bastard child with someone. lol Unfortunately Harrison Ford is too old to appeal to younger audiences now, so they need Shia LaBeouf whether I like it or not. I did not like the implications of Indy 4 at all, although at the end Indy did grab his hat from Mutt, but the implication was still there. Not to mention the constant disassociation that was going on between Ford and the name Indiana. Because let’s face it, Hollywood is grooming Shia LaBeouf to be a “leading man”, and it would not surprise me at all if he become a more prominant character in the movies with Harrison Ford taking on the more Sean Connery kind of role. The father of the rebel, rather than being the rebel.
    Since it does seem likely that a 5th sequel is going to be made, I would suggest that it is a prequel to Indy 4 rather than a sequel to it. There is a pattern to the Indy movies and I think it would be nice if they kept to it. They made Raiders, then they made Temple of Doom which actually took place before Raiders, then came the Last Crusade. So with this new set of movies, if there ends up being a total of three of them, Indy 5 should be a precursor to Indy 4. Like Temple of Doom was to Raiders. Of course that would mean they’d have to find a different young star to play Indy’s side kick, only because it’s going to be demanded that someone who can represent this generation of movie-goers is in the movie. Frankly I’m all for seeing the return of John Rhys-Davies as Sallah, which would also fit the pattern of the movies. He’s been in every other one, so Indy 5 has his name on it.
    Also the pattern would suggest that the artifact of Indy 5 is a Christian relic. My suggestion would be the Spear of Destiny, even though it’s mythology fits more into the Nazis era, but based on it’s supposed powers, I’m sure they wouldn’t have any problems fitting it into the Cold War.

    Anyway, here’s hoping Indy 5 isn’t total crap. I’d hate to have my face melted off again. Or worse, my head blown up. 😛

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