Four Indiana Jones Movies On The Way?

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:33 pm,

[UPDATE: Lucasfilms denies this as rumor, but that doesn't mean it isn't true...]

Sorry about my cynical mood towards the upcoming Indiana Jones movie, but it just really smells like beating a dead horse to me. Having said that, I would love to be proved wrong on this one, I really would, since I’m a HUGE fan of the original film and I really liked the third one as well. I just don’t believe that after almost 20 years the old gang will be able to recapture the magic.

So you can imagine my reaction to the fact that they’re planning three more films to come after the currently in production Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Gods.

According to IESB, not only has Shia Lebouf signed on for another three Indy flicks following the one he’s working on now, but so has Harrison Ford!

One of the few things I enjoyed in the Transformers movie was Shia’s performance, but can he carry on as the next Indiana Jones? Seems like an awfully big mantle for the young man and it will require quite a reboot of the adventuring archaeologist character that became such an icon.

And what about Ford? How will he fit into the additional films? He’s already 65 years old, and although he still has his rugged manliness about him, he’s no Sean Connery.


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  1. It’s certainly possible that Lucas, Spielberg et al will beat this dying horse right into the ground long into 2025, but these days it seems fairly standard to lock up the talent into multi-picture contracts in the event that more sequels are warranted later.

    Still, it’s amusing that in the days of the now-ironically titled Last Crusade, Spielberg widely publicized that that would be “the last one”.

  2. Wow, I hadn’t seen that. That sounds pretty bad. I don’t mind Shia but he would not be a good fit to carry on the franchise. I am all for them maybe trying to recast the role with another actor, kind of like the Bond movies. I am not, however, keen on his son taking over the role. I am pretty hyped about the new movie but I wouldn’t be sad if they put the franchise to rest after that.

  3. Wow!

    I think all of the Indian Jones movies have been great. The 3rd had its father/son and so will this 4th one. Maybe they are re-vamping the story and using the 4th and 5th to pass the torch. Just becasue Ford is signed on, won’t mean he’ll have a huge role. Lebouf is an up-and-coming star and hollywood is all about milking a star/story for all its worth, but I think this horse could be far from dead, and could actually be revived for a new generation.

    If they pass the torch, that would be great. At least then you could watch from the first to the last and see recurring characters by the same actors.

  4. I do NOT care for recasting of characters (ala Bond) in films. Ick.

    For example….
    If they cast someone else as Harry Potter or Hermoine or Ronald in the last two films, it just wouldn’t be the same.

    Same goes here.

  5. Alca, your dislike may end up being realized in the Spider-Man movies. They may end up casting different actors to play the same characters in future films.


  6. So as the cast gets older, can we see an up and coming IJ movie titled: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Advil??

  7. Heh, yeah… could be.

    Interesting tidbit: Harrison Ford is currently six years older than Sean Connery was when he appeared in the last Indy movie.


  8. Damn Hollywood and that lazy ass horse it rode in on!

    This smacks of an easy way for Ford to make money just by breathing in and out. A sure sign of a once bankable A lister’s career heading towards the garbage tip!

  9. Not so sure, sometimes recasting works pretty good. Daniel Craig was way better as James Bond than the previous Bonds after Connery, Christian Bale was easily as good as any of the previous Batmans if not better than all of them, and I always thought Harrison was better at Jack Ryan than Alec Baldwin. It soesn’t always work but sometimes it does.

  10. Technically it’s NOT re-casting. It’s more of passing the baton (or hat and whip, as it may be) to someone new since Shia would not be playing the same character.

    BTW, I have to disagree with the Jack Ryan comment – Having read all the Tom Clancy novels I thought that Alec Baldwin was a FAR better Jack Ryan than Harrison Ford.


  11. Oh Jeez, this just doesn’t sound good. I was interested in a fourth film, but two more? I don’t know.

  12. Vic, I think Ford did a decent job with the Jack Ryan movies, but the heart breaks wondering about what Baldwin would have brought to the franchise long-term. He really could have been a huge blockbuster star if he’d stuck with it.

  13. Yup, not his fault, of course, but the series turned into typical Harrison Ford movies, interchangeable with any other of his movies where he is frantic yet brave.

    Baldwin in the role would have preserved the Clancy “vibe”, I think.