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.”