‘Indiana Jones 5′ Rumor Denied by Frank Darabont

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A rumor that the role of Indiana Jones will be recast – due to franchise star Harrison Ford now being in his 70s – set the ‘Net ablaze earlier this week, though the fire settled down after conflicting reports from other insiders who’re (allegedly) close to the project indicated that Disney and Lucasfilm have not begun that recasting conversation.

Just as intriguing, arguably, was the news that accompanied the claim that Bradley Cooper is atop the list of contenders to replace Ford as the adventuring archaeologist Dr. Jones – that Frank Darabont (creator of The Walking Dead TV series) has pitched an idea for the next installment.

The three-time Oscar nominated writer/director of Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile fame had written an unused script draft for the fourth Indy Jones movie – one generally considered superior to the final Kingdom of the Crystal Skull script – and even wrote a handful of episodes on the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series from the early 1990s.

Unfortunately, Darabont has reached out to AICN to comment on (and, in turn, deny) the claims about him being involved with Indiana Jones 5 in some form. That’s not to say there’s no chance of him joining the project as a writer and/or director down the line, but as of right now Darabont says there’s nothing but smoke and no fire (with regard to that rumor).

Here is the exact quote he gave AICN:

“This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it. I have not pitched an idea for a proposed Indiana Jones movie, nor has anybody approached me with such an idea. The inaccurate report on Latino Review was the first I’d heard of it.”

It’s disappointing to hear; Darabont not only has a proven understanding of the Indiana Jones character – different versions that vary from a head-strong young man to a more experienced old globe-trotter – but also a proven appreciation for the old-fashioned serial genre influences that are essential to the series’ DNA. Such knowledge would be useful to have for the filmmaker who ends up chosen to guide the Indiana Jones brand into the future. (Remember, Disney didn’t acquire the full rights in order to just sit on its hands and do nothing with the property.)

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Then again, if fans continue to voice their approval of Darabont as the man to take hold of the franchise’s reins at this point, then maybe that’ll inspire the Mouse House and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy to actually make him an offer. After all, nowadays you can never fully count anyone out until the writing’s on the wall. (Remember how J.J. Abrams wasn’t going to direct Star Wars: Episode VII – until, he was?)

As for potential recasting of the Indiana Jones role, that’s another rabbit hole altogether. Producer Frank Marshall, for his money, has reminded everyone that until the news is made official, then… well, it isn’t official, by issuing a sorta-denial (i.e. the kind where he doesn’t clarify the specific rumor he’s commenting on):

Ford has indicated in the past that he remains perfectly willing to headline a fifth Indiana Jones installment, in part because Kingdom of the Crystal Skull helped establish a version of Indy who’s older, wiser, and less reckless (but still a maverick) in movie form. Admittedly, though, that doesn’t rule out the possibility that studio executives have started to discuss recasting the Indy role behind closed doors – nor that they won’t start to, sometime in the near future.

Until further notice, then, Harrison Ford is still the Indiana Jones – and he won’t be back on the big screen anytime before 2016 or 2017, at the earliest.


We’ll keep you updated on Indiana Jones 5 news as we hear it.

Source: AICN, Frank Marshall [via Cinemablend]

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  1. Oh Latino Review made something up? Wow. I’m surprised. Here’s my surprised face 😐

    • What gets me is that they were clearly implying the recasting, but spent half the article talking about how it would only be if they missed the deadline for Ford and that no offer has been made to Cooper.

      Literally, a big scoop about an supposed wishlist actor in a “what-if” scenario. A rumor completely void of substance.

      That way, if a Ford-led sequel movie WAS announced as soon as the very next day, they could claim “We didn’t lie! It was only the backup plan! Derp!”

      • It’s what they do all the time. They word it just right to sound like they got this information from someone credible when they really just made it up. It’s clever, I’ll give them that, but it’s hugely dishonest. I can’t believe that anyone takes them seriously.

        • It’s the exact same thing that Stephen A Smith does on ESPN every day.

          • LOL +100000000000

          • Bravo jp. Bravo good sir.

  2. They need to bring back Short Round! It would help them tremendously to have someone who knows martial arts for the action scenes where Ford may not be quite up to it. Not to mention the wealth of jokes that they could mine from Temple of Doom references.

  3. Bradley Cooper as an older Mutt Williams. What do you think, could that work?

    • Definitely more plausible than him being the next Indy…

  4. The next artifact Indy will have to find is the remaining fanbase of this series.

  5. Latino Review = Screen Rant (yes it does)

    Both sites are rumor mills, & all they want to do is generate hits to the website, period. Before we get to harsh with Latino Review, let’s remember, Screen Rant is the exact same thing.

    • As much as I enjoy ScreenRant, I have to agree. In truth, all of these websites are rumor mills, and frankly, directors like Abrams and others make them so, since they are so disinclined to reveal anything about their films. They know what they are doing, though, because the less the information, the more the “buzz”, and today, things are all about the “buzz”.

  6. While I think Frank Darabont is a great screenwriter, I wasn’t terribly impressed with his Indy script. Not that I think Crystal Skull was all that great, but I do think David Koepp had the better script.

    • Same here. Darabont has such a big ego. People who say his script was better haven’t read it because not only did it not have a grasp of the style that the other Indiana Jones movies have, but it didn’t have a grasp on Indiana Jones’ character. And for everyone who complained about the CGI in Crystal Skull, Darabont’s movie would have been a nightmare of impossible stunts and giant animals and insects. Plus, the blatant references to the previous movies were painful to read. I’m not saying he’s a terrible writer but I can’t even see why there would be a demand for him to write another Indy.

      • What killed his script for me was Marion being married to a Russian spy. He completely turned her character into an incompetent half-wit. Oh…and it just so happens that one of Indy’s friends is a Russian spy too, but apparently Indy’s too dumb to know it. At least Mac was an American working for the Russians.

  7. It is sad seeing the actors we grew up with getting older and losing their “fitness” for the roles that they made famous, and that made them famous. Equally sad would be Harrison Ford ending his Indiana Jones run with Crystal Skull, which was a joke.

  8. Thank God. After the butchered 4th installment, I think it’s for the best to let the series rest.