After news broke last month that George Lucas and Lucasfilm would be up-converting the Star Wars Saga for a 3D re-release, it was only a matter of time before the same thing was done to the beloved Indiana Jones Saga. I can practically feel Indy’s whip cracking me in the face through the theater screen already!
According to Blue Sky Disney, Lucasfilm will be announcing their intentions to release the old-fashioned adventure series next month, starting with the first and best Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Are you excited yet or what? Imagine all the various things that can—you know—come out of the silver screen at you and your loved ones. The boulder at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark rolling after Indiana; the asps and cobras in the snake pit biting at Indiana’s face - and now, potentially, your face, too! The creepy angel lady that bursts out of the Ark of the Covenant to annihilate the Nazi forces - how would you like to be annihilated by a creepy angel lady? And that’s just the first film!
Cover your heart, Indy, or Mola Ram will rip it out -- in 3D!
Really, the possibilities for things to randomly pop out at your face are endless here.
On a slightly more serious note, I’m no fan of 3D—the price is ridiculous for something that oftentimes severely decreases the quality of the film—but as a twenty-six-year-old who has never seen Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen, this isn’t the worst news I’ve ever heard. I also wouldn’t mind seeing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (and Short Round in particular), but my desire to see Indiana Jones movies wanes with each succeeding entry.
The question I have is, does Lucasfilm really plan on going to go to the trouble to re-release Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the greatest atrocity on film that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have ever been involved with? (Yes, far worse, in my opinion, than anything from the Star Wars Prequels.) Or, as is my fondest wish, are they only up-converting the classic trilogy, i.e. those Indiana Jones movies made prior to 1990? Please, Lucasfilm. Pretty please.
The last word on a fifth Indiana Jones movie was in August from Shia Labeouf, himself a critic of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, who said Spielberg and Lucas’ idea for the fifth movie sounded both “crazy” and “really cool.” Oh, I think we’ll be the judge of that, Mr. LaBeouf, if Indiana Jones 5 ever makes it to the big screen.