Buddy of mine and I were chatting last week when Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was brought up. We both liked it despite its many flaws and what not. Then, he quips, "Yeah, they'll definitely do another one..."
That remark threw me back a bit. "Really? You think?" I replied. He went on to say that "it's all about money, Jamie!" Well...he's not wrong.
Indy IV has made well over $215 million domestically and just under $500 million worldwide in its first two weeks in theatres.
When everything's said and done, whether you loved or hated it, the film stands to earn around $600-$700 million worldwide give or take.
The question is, "Do people want to see more Indy?"
You can't answer that solely on box-office because frankly there are films that audiences hated that were nonetheless box-office blockbusters (i.e. Spider-Man 3, The Da Vinci Code, The Matrix sequels, etc.)
I can tell you from my own personal experience seeing Indy IV on its opening Thursday night screening. All I heard from people as I left the theatre was how much they enjoyed the film and "would totally see it again."
Of course a few weeks back, George Lucas was already talking about the possibility of another installment saying:
"I haven't even told Steven [Spielberg] or Harrison this but I have an idea to make Shia LaBeouf [who plays Mutt] the lead character next time and have Harrison come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie [Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade]. I can see it working out."
I was under the impression that this was going to be Indy's last hurrah on the silver screen. I mean Spielberg, Lucas and Ford have said multiple times they were doing Crystal Skull for the fans and not the money.
Wouldn't audiences feel jerked around to suddenly see Mutt Williams (aka Henry Jones III aka Spielberg's golden boy Shia LaBeouf) wearing the fedora and leather jacket instead of Indy again? I know I would. No offense, Shia.
So, what do you guys think? Will we see an Indiana Jones 5, a Mutt spin-off film or will Spielberg and Lucas leave the character alone?
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