Whatever the reasons may be Steven Spielberg cannot figure out which movie to direct next. Originally it was an adaptation of the sprawling robot war movie Robopocalypse before he dropped it. Then more recently it was an adaptation of the real-life story American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper. Now the great director has dropped that, too, with no word on what his next plans are. Considering that George Lucas, Spielberg and Harrison Ford have all said they'd like to do another Indiana Jones movie -- coupled with the fact that Harrison Ford isn't getting any younger -- could this be the right time to begin staging that fifth outing?
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ford seemed very optimistic about playing the character again, and may have even teased how he'll be used if and when another Indiana Jones movie goes into production.
"We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do."
Based on these comments, it seems like we could see an Indiana Jones who's more like his father (Sean Connery) in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, except maybe less bumbling. The problem with a part five seems twofold, though: 1. George Lucas (who's supposed to be writing the script) is now retired from movies and may not even be interested in jumping back into the blockbuster arena, and 2. What the hell do you do with Shia LaBeouf?
Any Indiana Jones movie going forward will have to make up for Ford's lack of ass kicking by bringing in a younger partner of some kind. That can't be LaBeouf for several reasons, most notably because fans won't like it and also because the actor's career has gone off in a different, more exploratory direction. So do you recast Indy's son? Do you create a storyline that doesn't involve Indy's family? Do you make Indy's partner someone who eventually turns on him, even though they've done that before? Do you have him team up with a younger woman who doesn't turn on him, or will that feel too Karate Kid Part 4-ish?
How would you rescue the Indiana Jones franchise, and at this point is it even worth rescuing?