Disney Confirms New 'Indiana Jones' Plans - Here's What We Know So Far

Disney Confirms New 'Indiana Jones' Plans - Here's What We Know So Far

May 05, 2015

Yesterday was Star Wars Day, and boy did it bring a lot of goodies related to the next few movies, especially this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But what about the other Lucasfilm titles? When is Willow day? When do we celebrate Tucker: The Man and His Dream? When do we get news on the Howard the Duck movie that George Lucas is sure Disney will make at some point.

Most important, though...

When do we get another Indiana Jones movie?

Actually, along with yesterday's Star Wars festivities, we did get an update on the Indiana Jones franchise. In Vanity Fair's June issue, which is where much of the latest The Force Awakens details and images came from, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the chronicles of the adventuring archaeologist will continue at some point. But, as she told the magazine, "When it will happen, I’m not quite sure."

Are there any developments at all yet?

Not really. Kennedy also told Vanity Fair, "We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.” An idea for a story will be the first step to getting either a sequel or a reboot off the ground. At this point, Kennedy may be sure that Disney's incarnation of the character will be a recast Indy, but she's not saying anything to that just yet.


But isn't Chris Pratt already on board to replace Harrison Ford?

Although we've heard that Disney wants Pratt to take over the whip and fedora, that's still either a rumor or simply a wish and nothing more. There's also been talk in the past of Bradley Cooper and Robert Pattinson being the new rebooted Indy.

Pratt, who plays a sort of mash-up of Indiana Jones and Han Solo in Guardians of the Galaxy, has previously responded to the idea by saying he hasn't been contacted about the role. Meanwhile, Ford isn't completely done yet, meaning even a reboot could see him in a torch-passing bookending sort of capacity.


How about Steven Spielberg?

Earlier this year, Spielberg did claim interest in returning to the Indiana Jones franchise if the script is right, and he even acknowledged that he'd be down to reboot the film series he's so far exclusively directed and work with Pratt as the new incarnation of the iconic character. But Spielberg wants to make a lot of movies he won't actually wind up directing.

Will George Lucas be involved?

This question is also unanswerable in a concrete sense thus far. However, it's fairly unlikely that Lucas will have anything to do with the next or subsequent Indiana Jones movies following his sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and their dismissal of his input on the continuation of the Star Wars franchise. 

Peter Sciretta of /Film supposes that if Spielberg returns to the series, his pal Lucas will be consulted, but Lucas also may not be interested. 


Could they just go ahead with the idea of following Indy's son, Mutt, on his own adventures?

If there's one thing we can be certain of, neither Shia LaBeouf nor his Mutt character will be anywhere near the future Indy movies.




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