Karen Allen Says Making ‘Indiana Jones 5′ Is Up to George Lucas

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:23 am,

With Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection Blu-Ray now available, and many of the franchise’s stars out and about to promote the release, it was inevitable that someone would bring up Indiana Jones 5. It has been something the cast and crew have mulled over since the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, with George Lucas, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg each saying they would like to do it.

It appears now that there is only one major roadblock in the Indy 5 conversation, and it’s not the overwhelmingly negative critical reaction to Crystal Skull either. According to Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood), whether or not Indy 5 gets made is entirely up to George Lucas.

Speaking with Movies.com, Allen revealed that most of the fourth film’s cast and crew are on board – namely herself, Stephen Spielberg, and star Harrison Ford – but the decision to press forward ultimately rests with Lucas. This echoes comments made by Spielberg said last year about Lucas, as Indy’s creator, being “in charge of breaking the [‘Indiana Jones’] stories” whether Spielberg likes it or not.

However, producer Frank Marshall revealed about two months ago that there was no idea, no Macguffin” for a fifth film, which leads us to believe that little to no progress has been made with the story.

Still, Allen appears to be resolute in her belief that everyone else is on board and that they’re just waiting on Lucas to figure out a story. Here’s Allen’s response when asked about whether she would return for Indy 5:

“I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently – we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, ‘What should I say? I’m doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?’ And he said, ‘It’s in George’s [Lucas] hands! I’m game, Harrison’s game, and now it’s up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.’ And so I think it’s – they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don’t want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes.”

If Lucas were to sign off on Indiana Jones 5, the production would presumably have to act fast since Harrison Ford isn’t getting any younger. Yes, Crystal Skull featured plenty of stunt double work for Indy, but seeing Ford go toe-to-toe with some henchman is only going to get harder to replicate on the big screen.

Indiana Jones 5 Up to George Lucas Karen Allen Says Making Indiana Jones 5 Is Up to George Lucas

Another interesting thing to point out is Allen’s failure to mention Shia LaBeouf in the Indy 5 conversation. While not necessarily the worst part of Crystal Skull, LaBeouf’s character, Mutt Williams (later revealed to be Indy’s son), took a lot of attention away from the franchise’s true star. The belief early on was that LaBeouf would assume the Indiana Jones mantle after Ford walked away from the franchise – hence the fair amount of screen time – but seeing the former Even Stevens star swing from vines with computer-generated monkeys gave fans pause about the wisdom of that direction.

About three years ago, when Shia was promoting Transformers 2, he said that Spielberg had “cracked” the story and was gearing up” for production, which suggested the actor was still very much involved with the franchise. However, LaBeouf has since said that he would like to move away from blockbusters and focus on more performance-driven films, like this year’s Lawless.

Without LaBeouf, the Indiana Jones crew has the opportunity to focus on what arguably makes the franchise appealing: watching Indiana Jones fight bad guys over the possession of a supernatural artifact. Hopefully, if Lucas does give Indy 5 the green light and begins writing a script (if he hasn’t already), it’ll be more Raiders and less Crystal Skull.

How do you feel about an Indiana Jones 5? Does the franchise deserve an opportunity to redeem itself after Crystal Skull?

Indiana Jones: The Complete Collection is now available on Blu-ray.

Source: Movies.com

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  1. I would like to see the death of Indy in the 5th instalment and I’d also love to see an adult short round back. Perhaps having it set in the uk by using Excalibur as the mcguffin, plenty of history in Britain to be used. Bring back mutt too, the possibility of short and mutt facing off to impress the fatherly figure of Indy would be great.

  2. Why come up with a whole new story if you can just re-release the same movies and make money off of that :p – although, if he’d re-release Indy 1-3 again, I’d definitely go watch ’em.

    Personally, I have very mixed feelings about Indy 5. On the one hand, it could follow the same pattern that the other movies have followed (with each un-equal numbered movie being great), but on the other hand, I don’t want to see the Indy franchise being made any worse. Crystal Skull was bad… really bad, and I don’t want that to happen again.

  3. let. it. die. with what dignity it has left.

  4. I’m all for another one. But leave Mutt & Wife at home.



  7. George Lucas has been saying for years that he has more ideas for prospective new projects than he has time to make, if that’s the case, then why has he spent the last two decades cannibalizing his back catalogue… if I see YET ANOTHER ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Indiana Jones’-related project, I’m gonna barf, the former ended in 1983 with ‘Return of the Jedi’ whilst the latter began and ended with ‘Raiders…’ in 1981, enough already!!!

    And while we’re at it, why is ‘Raiders…’ not being re-released on DVD alongside the Blu-Ray, and another thing, when the hell are we going to get remastered and anamorphic widescreen DVD releases of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy’s original theatrical versions… get with it Lucasfilm and QUICKLY, or I’ll go round there and give ya’s what for with the back o’ my hand!

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  9. I hope George Lucas finds the desire to make more George Lucas pictures. Indy IV was awful, but at least they tried. Make more, OR (gasp) create a new fantasy-type series. Do Willow 2. DON’T do nothing. It’s a waste of life and talent.

  10. I’m totally down for a new Indy feature – with Marion of course. We just need a great story. Lucas appears to have lost his spark; maybe he should use a collaborator to help write an engaging script. He just doesn’t seem as interested in making movies as he was.

  11. There JUST HAS TO BE ANOTHER ONE!!!! And this time, the still gorgeous Kate Capshaw must make a comeback!!!
    People still love Indy no matter and will go to watch it in droves!!! I know I will!

  12. Yes i wanna see it happen. Go back to your roots and film it “after the last crusade. remember he drank the cup of eternal life. Now we should bring a story focused on Indiana’s bold ending with a happy ending!

  13. I think the 5th one (if it gets made) should be a prequel to Crystal Skull, showing part of what Indy did in between the time of the 3rd and 4th movies. Maybe showing the biggest adventure he went on during those 19 years. Also maybe showing Ray Winstone, but have him be a good character.

  14. Yes I think that George Lucas should do Indy 5 to redeem the francise and to take the movie back to the direction of Raiders of the lost Ark and Temple of Doom. And bring back Salah also :-)

  15. Yes I think that George Lucas should do Indy 5 to redeem the francise and to take the movie back to the direction of Raiders of the lost Ark and Temple of Doom. And bring back Salah also.

  16. Disney needs to look at the ongoing success of the 007 movies, and not be so wedded to Harrison Ford returning for a fifth time. When Roger Moore took over for Sean Connery, it was time.

    Skyfall is one of the best Bond movies, period. Indiana Jones is a franchise that could use a new coat of paint in order to regain its position as a relevant franchise for years to come.

  17. I think if he is going to do one more, use a story that already exists through his lucasarts company. It was a game in the late 90’s called the ‘fate of atlantis’. Written by Lucas already, it’s plot and storyline are from the era of the original trilogy and are hugely original. from its labyrinth solving, to bad guy beating to Ancient atlantean machinery, If they stuck to it I think it could not fail on the big screen.