Despite the mixed critical reception for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the film made more than enough money ($786 million worldwide) to warrant immediate talk of a sequel. Up to this point, however, we haven’t heard anything definitive about the movie, besides the usual “we’re working on it” talk.
While in France recently for the Deauville Film Festival, Harrison Ford added to this “maybe yes, maybe no” trend when he spoke with Le Figaro magazine on the possibility of donning the fedora and whip for Indiana Jones 5. According to Ford, it all depends on the script.
“The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form…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.”
Karen Allen, who plays Indy’s longtime love Marion Ravenwood, seemed somewhat more assured during a panel discussion at Dragon Con in Atlanta. In the video below, which comes our way courtesy of /Film, Allen says that Indy 5 will come out in the summer of 2012.
While Allen’s remarks are a bit suspect (to what “official announcement” is she referring?), it is interesting to hear that production might begin as soon as 2011. I wonder just how far along the actual script is.
At 67 years young, Harrison Ford still makes a pretty convincing action hero. Nevertheless, I just can’t imagine what a fifth Indy movie would look like (and this is coming from someone who actually liked Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). One possibility is to have Shia LaBeouf’s character, Mutt Williams, step out from the stubbled shadow of his famous father. Unfortunately, the end of Crystal Skull (Indy snatching his hat away from Mutt as he walks out of the church) seemed to dismiss this possibility outright. Plus, while LaBeouf’s value in Hollywood is sky high thanks to Transformers, I have a feeling that hardcore Indy fans will be reticent to see the torch passed just yet
What do you think about the news on Indy 5? If there were a sequel, would you like to see it focus on Indy or Mutt?