Indiana Jones 5 On The Way

15 09 2009

It was inevitable. Despite the negative critical and fan reaction (see, South Park) to 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it appears that Harrison Ford will be returning for a fifth adventure as Indy. Speaking at the Deauville Film Fesitval where he was being honored, Ford said that he had come together with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and agreed on the plot outline for the fifth film and work is set to begin on the script.

As reported by French site Tout le Cine (translation required) and Le Figaro, Ford indicated that the sequel was coming together,

“Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I’ll be very happy to put the costume on again.”

Judging by the last film, a good script is a relative term, unfortunately.

This news from Ford comes at the same time as Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood) telling a DragonCon crowd that an unnamed friend who was in L.A. told her an official announcement had been made that the sequel would be out in 2012 (video here). It sounds more like 3rd or 4th party hearsay on her part, but combined with Ford’s announcement it seems believable at least.

While it’s a pretty good bet now that we’ll be seeing Indy crack his whip on screen again, the more pressing question is whether we’ll be subjected to Shia LaBeouf again. Last year at Cannes, George Lucas was intent on making LaBeouf the star of the fifth film and having Ford serve as more of a mentor, mirroring the relationship between Sean Connery and Ford in The Last Crusade. While at the time he hadn’t discussed the plan with Ford or Spielberg, it was Lucas who seemed to be the driving force in deciding to make the fourth movie and reportedly the one who pushed for aliens as the subplot. Let’s just hope he has (dramatically) less creative input this time around.




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