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Indiana Jones is easily one of the most iconic and badass characters to have ever graced the silver screen. Some people had the original STAR WARS trilogy mold their childhood, but mine was always set with the Indiana Jones films. Unfortunately in 2008, a lot of the magic was ruined with INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL and to keep from experiencing all out depression, I just continue to tell myself that it doesn’t exist. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of the reasons the fourth one sucked so much was because of George Lucas, but now, for better or worse, it’s fallen into the hands of something much more powerful. 

When Disney got themselves LucasFilm a few months back, Paramount still held marketing and distribution rights for Indiana Jones. A deal was finally made and, while Paramount has ownership of the first four films, Disney has rights to any future productions (as long as Paramount gets a cut, of course). While there are allegedly no plans to make a new Indy feature in the near future, Disney made this deal for a reason and with a little indie film called STAR WARS: EPISODE VII rolling around late next year, it’s only a matter of time before the Indiana Jones series sees the light of day, again. I’d love to see more adventures of Indiana, but if they’re going to do it, they’re going to have to do it right. 

One avenue they could take would be to do a complete reboot with a different cast (and characters), except for Indiana, of course. Filling the shoes of such an iconic character would be no easy feat (nor would finding the appropriate director), but it would have to be a younger, generally liked actor or a relative unknown. The introduction of new stories and characters would also have to happen. A remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and casting a new Marion Ravenwood or Belloq would be a disaster. The only things from the original it would have to take would be the titular character, it’s nostalgic action/adventure sense of fun and the 1930’s time setting. It’s not the most ideal scenario, but at least it would be a fresh, new start. 

Another idea would be to have a direct sequel and with Harrison Ford returning as Indiana Jones. Maybe it could star a younger actor who’s the protagonist (and I’m not talking about Shia LaBeouf) who has to work with Indiana, who plays more of a secondary character this time around. It wouldn’t really be an Indiana Jones movie without him being the lead, but let’s face it: Ford has simply gotten too old to be playing this character. It’s come to the point where even the most talented and uncanny body double wouldn’t be able to fool anyone. While it wasn’t flat out embarrassing seeing Ford do his Indy thing at the golden age of 65 for his last outing, he’s 71 years old now and his days of swinging around with that whip are over. 

One thing that I think would be most interesting would be to see Frank Darabont’s story go to the big screen. While it shares some similarities with the fourth film, it could possibly be a great way to introduce the character to a new generation. Apparently, Darabont wrote a draft called INDIANA JONES AND THE CITY OF THE GODS a while back, which Ford and Spielberg praised, but Lucas eventually wrote off. I don’t want to say that the quality (or lack thereof) of the last Indy feature was mostly all George Lucas’s fault, but it was pretty much all his fault, but stories like this only show that people (even extremely talented ones) are still interested in the character and have a desire to continue telling stories about him.

It may be difficult for audiences (and maybe even producers) to remain optimistic about the quality of another Indiana Jones outing, but the style itself is definitely not dead. Take the UNCHARTED video game series and its character, Nathan Drake. He’s a perfect example showing that we can have a story and character in the same vein of Indiana Jones. UNCHARTED deals with history, traveling around the globe, gunfights/fistfights and a ridiculously awesome sense of adventure. Sure, you could argue that it’s just a videogame and just because it entertained us on that platform doesn’t exactly mean it’ll be successful as a film, but given the immersive, cinematic feel to the game only makes me want to see a film adaptation more. Hell, even movies like THE MUMMY owe a lot to Indiana Jones (tone, period, sense of humor, sense of adventure, etc.) and, if anything, it shows that the style and formula still work for today’s generation and can be successful. 

So, C’mon, Hollywood! If an Indiana Jones sequel, reboot, remake, reimagining or otherwise is going to happen somewhere down the line, let’s at least make sure it’s done correctly. Examine what made the first three so brilliant and what made the last one such a stinker and craft something that will not only make old fans happy, but something that will do the character justice and engage new viewers, as well. Just don’t let George Lucas get his paws on it. And be careful not to nuke the fridge ever again. 

Extra Tidbit: What do you think they should do with Indy?
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5:26PM on 02/05/2014
How f*cking dare you put the words "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "remake" in the same sentence. The way I see it, this can only go two ways:
1) A direct sequel to KOTCS with Ford, LeBouf & Allen. Just because the last one wasn't that good doesn't mean the next one, in the hands of a new team with fresh ideas, can't be. Three great movies & one weak one is not an impossible track record to come back from.
2) A prequel with a younger actor playing Indy, maybe even flashbacks with Ford telling
How f*cking dare you put the words "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "remake" in the same sentence. The way I see it, this can only go two ways:
1) A direct sequel to KOTCS with Ford, LeBouf & Allen. Just because the last one wasn't that good doesn't mean the next one, in the hands of a new team with fresh ideas, can't be. Three great movies & one weak one is not an impossible track record to come back from.
2) A prequel with a younger actor playing Indy, maybe even flashbacks with Ford telling the story or something close to that.; like maybe the first grave he was ever hired to rob. Though I'm not real familir with the Young Indy series so I don't know what kinda continuity issues that would cause.
A total reboot simply will not work, let alone go over with fans. Indiana Jones is not a character taken from preexisting source material. Some series you just cannot mess with and this is one of them.
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3:48PM on 02/05/2014
No reboot. No, no, no. I'm so sick of everything getting rebooted so they can keep milking the same stale ideas forever. I don't care what they do, as long as THAT isn't it.
No reboot. No, no, no. I'm so sick of everything getting rebooted so they can keep milking the same stale ideas forever. I don't care what they do, as long as THAT isn't it.
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8:52AM on 02/05/2014
Harrison Ford owns that role, pure and simple. If he and Spielberg were confident in another sequel, I'd still go see it regardless. But that's the ONLY way I plan on seeing Indiana Jones. I would also be fine if Disney continued to do nothing with the property. But don't downplay his age, the fact that Harrison Ford is in his seventies doesn't worry me. Indiana Jones is nothing if not human, and we need to remember that.
Harrison Ford owns that role, pure and simple. If he and Spielberg were confident in another sequel, I'd still go see it regardless. But that's the ONLY way I plan on seeing Indiana Jones. I would also be fine if Disney continued to do nothing with the property. But don't downplay his age, the fact that Harrison Ford is in his seventies doesn't worry me. Indiana Jones is nothing if not human, and we need to remember that.
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8:16AM on 02/05/2014
Part of me thinks "just let it go", you know? We had three great movies, I'm not sure people would really buy a young actor taking over the role. Consider ourselves lucky the reins weren't handed over to LaBeouf.
If the story's worth telling, make it its own movie and see if it warrants becoming a new franchise (some other 1930s or 40s adventurer if that's the time period that works), but I think Indiana Jones should just stay with Harrison Ford's portrayal and a great trilogy.
Part of me thinks "just let it go", you know? We had three great movies, I'm not sure people would really buy a young actor taking over the role. Consider ourselves lucky the reins weren't handed over to LaBeouf.
If the story's worth telling, make it its own movie and see if it warrants becoming a new franchise (some other 1930s or 40s adventurer if that's the time period that works), but I think Indiana Jones should just stay with Harrison Ford's portrayal and a great trilogy.
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7:10AM on 02/05/2014
I think the main problem with an Indy reboot is that unlike Star Wars, it's not the character or its universe that made Indy actually memorable. It was Ford and Spielberg. Their style, combined.
Indy 4 wasn't so good beacuse their style faded, And everyone is complaining about Lucas but let's not forget that the script was written by David Koepp, who I think is a 'hit and miss' writer.
I think the main problem with an Indy reboot is that unlike Star Wars, it's not the character or its universe that made Indy actually memorable. It was Ford and Spielberg. Their style, combined.
Indy 4 wasn't so good beacuse their style faded, And everyone is complaining about Lucas but let's not forget that the script was written by David Koepp, who I think is a 'hit and miss' writer.
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5:53AM on 02/05/2014
"... lets at least make sure its done correctly." I think from Lucas' point of view Indy IV was done correctly.
They should do an Indy-Movie in which Indy IV was just a bad dream that never happened.
"... lets at least make sure its done correctly." I think from Lucas' point of view Indy IV was done correctly.
They should do an Indy-Movie in which Indy IV was just a bad dream that never happened.
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1:48AM on 02/05/2014

Crystal Skull

Indy 4 was a cool movie. Ok, the vine-swinging was a little silly, but it was a cool, movie. Indiana Jones is a man who has a hard time believing what he can't see or explain. The alien concept put him in that position again. As his character ages, he has to learn to cope with changing times, and Indy was forced to do that in this movie. I loved it. Give us more Indy and Han Solo until Harry can no longer hold a whip and a blaster. Then, just glue them to his hands...Harrison Ford IS
Indy 4 was a cool movie. Ok, the vine-swinging was a little silly, but it was a cool, movie. Indiana Jones is a man who has a hard time believing what he can't see or explain. The alien concept put him in that position again. As his character ages, he has to learn to cope with changing times, and Indy was forced to do that in this movie. I loved it. Give us more Indy and Han Solo until Harry can no longer hold a whip and a blaster. Then, just glue them to his hands...Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones. Period.
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10:20PM on 02/04/2014

just continue

with what they set up. Have it take place like, 10 years or so after Crystal Skull so they can recast Shia's character into an older more mature character.
with what they set up. Have it take place like, 10 years or so after Crystal Skull so they can recast Shia's character into an older more mature character.
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9:38PM on 02/04/2014

Indy Should be the American James Bond

I agree, Ford is too old to play a convincing ass-kicking Indy anymore. I think Indy should be treated like James Bond. Find a younger actor (and by younger I DON'T MEAN a twenty year old heartthrob executives!!!! I mean a MAN that is older than his early 30s!!) and make a series of Indy movies with him. Then when he tires of the role/gets too expensive/etc. swap him out and bring in another one for group of movies. Indy will stay forever young and the franchise will continue to reinvent
I agree, Ford is too old to play a convincing ass-kicking Indy anymore. I think Indy should be treated like James Bond. Find a younger actor (and by younger I DON'T MEAN a twenty year old heartthrob executives!!!! I mean a MAN that is older than his early 30s!!) and make a series of Indy movies with him. Then when he tires of the role/gets too expensive/etc. swap him out and bring in another one for group of movies. Indy will stay forever young and the franchise will continue to reinvent itself with fresh directors and stories, but remain in its world of Nazis and ancient relics instead of needing to age with Ford and bring in Russians or whatever the heck they did. Ford will always own the role, just as Connery owns Bond...but audiences will follow the fedora and whip just as they have the tuxedo and martini.
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7:32PM on 02/04/2014
The thing I don't get is why does there have to be so much action that we NEED a recast. Indy is an old man now so make the movie accommodating to that. The character's strength is through how Ford portrays him. Nobody else can capture that. Like some have said give him the Connery role from TLC but make it the starring role.
The thing I don't get is why does there have to be so much action that we NEED a recast. Indy is an old man now so make the movie accommodating to that. The character's strength is through how Ford portrays him. Nobody else can capture that. Like some have said give him the Connery role from TLC but make it the starring role.
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6:54PM on 02/04/2014

Regarding another round for Ford...

I'd like to see him do one more. But for it to be done well, the Indiana character would have to take the secondary role that Connery played in the Crusade. That would likely mean the return of Mutt, which I thought was done just fine as a character.
I'd like to see him do one more. But for it to be done well, the Indiana character would have to take the secondary role that Connery played in the Crusade. That would likely mean the return of Mutt, which I thought was done just fine as a character.
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5:08PM on 02/04/2014

Disney having control is not necessarily a good thing. Take the sudden non-alcoholic Tony Stark change in Iron Man 3.

Disney, did not want kids seeing the hero, who drank liquor in the previous 2 films, drinking alcohol in their studio controlled film.
Disney announces that from this day forth...
-Indiana Jones or any other hero in the film will not be seen drinking alcohol. Sunny D will be drank instead
-No hearts will be ripped out of people while still alive
-No faces will melt or explode as a result of opening or powering the film's main treasure objective
-No James Bond style sexual innuendos
Disney, did not want kids seeing the hero, who drank liquor in the previous 2 films, drinking alcohol in their studio controlled film.
Disney announces that from this day forth...
-Indiana Jones or any other hero in the film will not be seen drinking alcohol. Sunny D will be drank instead
-No hearts will be ripped out of people while still alive
-No faces will melt or explode as a result of opening or powering the film's main treasure objective
-No James Bond style sexual innuendos
-Nazis and communist Russians will not be the main villains anymore. Only "people with political differences", or characters from fantasy stories will be villains.
-Children will not be seen in front of the camera working as salves. Only behind the camera will this activity be taking place.
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4:29PM on 02/04/2014

Bring him back for another

In a series about biblical ghosts that melt/explode people's heads, pulling hearts out of people's chests while they're still alive, 4000 year old knights, nuke-proof refrigerators and little green men, I can accept a 70-something year old man getting in a few fights and swinging on a whip. Ford can do as many as he wants as far as I'm concerned. I'll buy it.
In a series about biblical ghosts that melt/explode people's heads, pulling hearts out of people's chests while they're still alive, 4000 year old knights, nuke-proof refrigerators and little green men, I can accept a 70-something year old man getting in a few fights and swinging on a whip. Ford can do as many as he wants as far as I'm concerned. I'll buy it.
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4:22PM on 02/04/2014

Please don't!

The Indiana Jones movies have always been about the movies Lucas and Spielberg loved in their youth. A reboot would end up being made by someone too young to have ever seen any of those films and the whole thing would feel like the copy of a copy. Not every good film should be rebooted.

Besides, I always thought that because Harrison Ford was the only actor to ever portray the character (non flashback), it became something more special. Indiana Jones has mythology; James Bond does not.
The Indiana Jones movies have always been about the movies Lucas and Spielberg loved in their youth. A reboot would end up being made by someone too young to have ever seen any of those films and the whole thing would feel like the copy of a copy. Not every good film should be rebooted.

Besides, I always thought that because Harrison Ford was the only actor to ever portray the character (non flashback), it became something more special. Indiana Jones has mythology; James Bond does not.
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4:10PM on 02/04/2014

if no direct sequel make it like Bond

and just replace Ford with another younger actor, but not too young, give me John Hamm or someone like that and just have it be more adventures in that same time line/universe that is already established.
and just replace Ford with another younger actor, but not too young, give me John Hamm or someone like that and just have it be more adventures in that same time line/universe that is already established.
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3:25PM on 02/04/2014
i don't care what you say. I liked the 4th one. George Lucas had a hand in all of them. The only thing that was an eye roller for me was the monkey swinging. Everything else was in line with the other Indy movies. I mean come on. The holy grail. Some people don't believe they dont exist just like the beings at the end.
i don't care what you say. I liked the 4th one. George Lucas had a hand in all of them. The only thing that was an eye roller for me was the monkey swinging. Everything else was in line with the other Indy movies. I mean come on. The holy grail. Some people don't believe they dont exist just like the beings at the end.
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6:50PM on 02/04/2014
I have to agree. Crystal Skull was ultimately just as good as the other sequels. Unfortunately it's become fashionable to hate Lucas so many peeps won't see that.
I have to agree. Crystal Skull was ultimately just as good as the other sequels. Unfortunately it's become fashionable to hate Lucas so many peeps won't see that.
3:13PM on 02/04/2014
I'm only cool with a recast if Ford supports it.
I'm only cool with a recast if Ford supports it.
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2:59PM on 02/04/2014

Use Ford to frame the film

I think they should recast Indy, but keep Ford as an older Indy. Maybe Indy and Sallah can be sitting at a bar talking about their glory days and then we flashback with younger actors in both roles. It would be a good way to reboot the franchise with new actors, while not ignoring the legacy of the previous films.
I think they should recast Indy, but keep Ford as an older Indy. Maybe Indy and Sallah can be sitting at a bar talking about their glory days and then we flashback with younger actors in both roles. It would be a good way to reboot the franchise with new actors, while not ignoring the legacy of the previous films.
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2:58PM on 02/04/2014

Completely disinterested in any reboot

I'd much rather see either an animated feature, something on the level of Beowulf in terms of realism.

Otherwise, I'd prefer filmmakers simply create their own original character inspired by Indiana Jones, just as Indiana Jones was inspired by the 30s and 40s serials.

A reboot would be far, far worse than Crystal Skull.
I'd much rather see either an animated feature, something on the level of Beowulf in terms of realism.

Otherwise, I'd prefer filmmakers simply create their own original character inspired by Indiana Jones, just as Indiana Jones was inspired by the 30s and 40s serials.

A reboot would be far, far worse than Crystal Skull.
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2:50PM on 02/04/2014
I just want another Indiana Jones with Ford. Marion has passed away and Mutt has gone back to school or something and Indy goes on another adventure, maybe Sallah comes back, a new love interest, etc. but this time there has to be something truly at stake to add suspense and thrill to the proceedings. In the first three films there was some maniac after an object that would give them great power. In Crystal Skull, if you think about it, nothing was really at stake. Nothing bad even
I just want another Indiana Jones with Ford. Marion has passed away and Mutt has gone back to school or something and Indy goes on another adventure, maybe Sallah comes back, a new love interest, etc. but this time there has to be something truly at stake to add suspense and thrill to the proceedings. In the first three films there was some maniac after an object that would give them great power. In Crystal Skull, if you think about it, nothing was really at stake. Nothing bad even happened until they placed the final skull on the alien skeleton. And even when that happened the spaceship just flew away. Also, Spielberg hasn't said anything on Indy 5 which kind of tells me he really doesn't have much of an interest in returning so I'd be okay with someone else taking the reins. I just want Ford as Indy and a thrilling adventure.
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2:46PM on 02/04/2014
I'd like to see the franchise return to the 30's. It wouldn't have the same feel in any other era. It needs to be Indy and not a new character who changes his name to Indiana. I think whoever they cast needs to be in their 40's or so. He needs a grizzled look, so no twentysomething. dbag. Also I'd like to see Ford return one last time to introduce the new guy perhaps telling the story in flashback as someone mentioned.
I'd like to see the franchise return to the 30's. It wouldn't have the same feel in any other era. It needs to be Indy and not a new character who changes his name to Indiana. I think whoever they cast needs to be in their 40's or so. He needs a grizzled look, so no twentysomething. dbag. Also I'd like to see Ford return one last time to introduce the new guy perhaps telling the story in flashback as someone mentioned.
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2:15PM on 02/04/2014
First and foremost, I am so utterly sick to fucking death of hearing About how old people are. It's like you reach the age of 50 and suddenly everybody wants to put you out to pasture. The number isn't the issue, it's the shape and condition the person is in. He was in great shape for the last Indiana Jones film and he could easily pull it off again. I could understand if we were talking about Eli Wallach who genuinely looks his age but Harrison Ford is fine. That being said, if they wanted to
First and foremost, I am so utterly sick to fucking death of hearing About how old people are. It's like you reach the age of 50 and suddenly everybody wants to put you out to pasture. The number isn't the issue, it's the shape and condition the person is in. He was in great shape for the last Indiana Jones film and he could easily pull it off again. I could understand if we were talking about Eli Wallach who genuinely looks his age but Harrison Ford is fine. That being said, if they wanted to change it up, rather than actually reboot it what they could do is take a Godfather part two approach (yes I know it is clichd to reference that film)... They could tie two storylines in together, one in the present, well Harrison Ford's Version of Indy's present and one in the past with a younger actor playing Indiana Jones say just after the era in which River Phoenix portrayed him in the last Crusade. Then after that they could have the future films take place in his younger days, I'm talking way before Raiders of the lost Ark. But don't just let him out the pastor like that and replace them with some 30 something or 40 something-year-old actor.
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3:42PM on 02/04/2014
Your comment is just wrong. A 70 year old cannot do what a 35 year old can do, plain and simple. Ford looked like he was struggling during the action scenes in the last movie. A younger actor can simply do more of their own stunts and not suffer, its a known fact injuries and muscle and bone stress heal faster when you are younger.... sorry old man!
Your comment is just wrong. A 70 year old cannot do what a 35 year old can do, plain and simple. Ford looked like he was struggling during the action scenes in the last movie. A younger actor can simply do more of their own stunts and not suffer, its a known fact injuries and muscle and bone stress heal faster when you are younger.... sorry old man!
4:39PM on 02/04/2014
Your comment is uninformed and you clearly missed the point. Plus, I'm younger than you are so I believe I should be calling you "old man," faggot. Bottom line, none of the actors commonly referred to as too old are too old.
Your comment is uninformed and you clearly missed the point. Plus, I'm younger than you are so I believe I should be calling you "old man," faggot. Bottom line, none of the actors commonly referred to as too old are too old.
6:16PM on 02/04/2014
Yes you are obviously younger than me. I stopped calling people "faggots" when I was 9. Fucking moron.
Yes you are obviously younger than me. I stopped calling people "faggots" when I was 9. Fucking moron.
8:19PM on 02/04/2014
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
2:03PM on 02/04/2014
I know Frank Darabont's Indy script is lauded, but I really didn't think it was that much better than "Crystal Skull". It's been awhile since I read it, but from what I remember the only saving graces were the lack of Mutt, Marion was written properly, and the crystal skulls were described as looking like real crystal skulls and not so obviously alien. The opening was almost exactly the same, fridge and all (for the record I loved the opening of "Crystal Skull", even the fridge, if only to
I know Frank Darabont's Indy script is lauded, but I really didn't think it was that much better than "Crystal Skull". It's been awhile since I read it, but from what I remember the only saving graces were the lack of Mutt, Marion was written properly, and the crystal skulls were described as looking like real crystal skulls and not so obviously alien. The opening was almost exactly the same, fridge and all (for the record I loved the opening of "Crystal Skull", even the fridge, if only to get that awesome shot of Indy watching the mushroom cloud), Indy was over his fear of snakes until he was eaten, and subsequently regurgitated by, a giant snake, and Indy recites Will Smith's "Welcome to Earth" line from Independence Day right before he shoots an alien at the end. Maybe there's a better draft out there I missed, but I think choosing between "Crystal Skull" and Darabont's script comes down to the lesser of two evils.

I don't really care about Ford's age. Of all the things wrong with "Crystal Skull", Ford wasn't one of them. He's said himself he's game for more, so as long as he feels he can do more, why the hell not? That said, they seem to be taking their time with this, and he isn't getting any younger. I'd like to see at least one more film with Ford donning the fedora. But I think it would need a new director. If you've seen Red Letter Media's "Crystal Skull" review, they touch on how Spielberg isn't really the same director he was when he made the first three Indy's, and how "Crystal Skull" suffered as a result. I love Spielberg but I think maybe it's time to let someone else take the reins. Brad Bird, maybe?

But if they decide that Ford is too old for another live action adventure, how about a Pixar Indiana Jones film? They'd be able to go back and do some post-"Last Crusade", pre-"Crystal Skull" adventures and bring back Ford (maybe even Connery) for the voice and not have to worry about his age.
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1:10PM on 02/04/2014

Young Indiana could work...

If they could recapture the tone of the beginning of Last Crusade with River Phoenix (and find an actor as good), they could make a least another 3 great films.
If they could recapture the tone of the beginning of Last Crusade with River Phoenix (and find an actor as good), they could make a least another 3 great films.
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12:51PM on 02/04/2014

American James Bond

Indiana Jones should follow the footsteps of James Bond. Go on none sequential adventures and every few years cast a new Indy. Yes Harrison Ford will always be the original and to some, the best. But look at Bond, Connery is the original but Moore, Dalton, Craig, have all done good jobs of filling those shoes. We need to put the quality of the franchise ahead of the esteem we have for the creators.
Indiana Jones should follow the footsteps of James Bond. Go on none sequential adventures and every few years cast a new Indy. Yes Harrison Ford will always be the original and to some, the best. But look at Bond, Connery is the original but Moore, Dalton, Craig, have all done good jobs of filling those shoes. We need to put the quality of the franchise ahead of the esteem we have for the creators.
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12:33PM on 02/04/2014

I hate to say it, but a recast is in order

Harrison Ford made a great Indiana Jones but, as the article said, he's in his 70's and that's just too old for action films.

I'd say go with a hard reboot. Get a younger actor who can inhabit the role well (I'd like to see a younger unknown) and another good script from Frank Darabont and we'd be good to go.
Harrison Ford made a great Indiana Jones but, as the article said, he's in his 70's and that's just too old for action films.

I'd say go with a hard reboot. Get a younger actor who can inhabit the role well (I'd like to see a younger unknown) and another good script from Frank Darabont and we'd be good to go.
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12:32PM on 02/04/2014
Hopefully Disney does decide to move forward with another Indy movie once they get the ball rolling on their new Star Wars flicks. If they do, I don't want to see a reboot or reimagining. I would much rather see a continuation of the Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones. Specifically, a passing of the torch. I think they should jump ahead a decade or two from Crystal Skull, recast Shia Lebeouf's character and have the movie centre around him taking over for his father. Have Ford take on a Sean
Hopefully Disney does decide to move forward with another Indy movie once they get the ball rolling on their new Star Wars flicks. If they do, I don't want to see a reboot or reimagining. I would much rather see a continuation of the Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones. Specifically, a passing of the torch. I think they should jump ahead a decade or two from Crystal Skull, recast Shia Lebeouf's character and have the movie centre around him taking over for his father. Have Ford take on a Sean Connery role a la Last Crusade, and by the end of the movie Indy's son takes the hat and the nickname Indiana. From there, launch a whole new trilogy. But stay away from some over-arching plot. Just have three stand alone films featuring a new Indiana Jones taking place in the 60's or 70's.
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11:56AM on 02/04/2014

Re: Darabont

Darabont's script wasn't actually all that different than what became Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, at least not plot-wise. It still revolved around aliens and the crystal skulls and had a number of the same set pieces. No, there was no Shia character (although Darabont's initial draft gave Indy a daughter who was involved in the story). There might be a few sequences they could use, but not the script as a whole.
Darabont's script wasn't actually all that different than what became Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, at least not plot-wise. It still revolved around aliens and the crystal skulls and had a number of the same set pieces. No, there was no Shia character (although Darabont's initial draft gave Indy a daughter who was involved in the story). There might be a few sequences they could use, but not the script as a whole.
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11:49AM on 02/04/2014

Karl Urban

He would make a great Reboot Indi. And I think there is room for another. As much as I love Harrison Ford, for me Indi has always been more an iconic role than an iconic performance by a certain actor. I always wondered why Indiana Jones never developed into an ongoing cinematic adventure series like the James Bond Franchise.
He would make a great Reboot Indi. And I think there is room for another. As much as I love Harrison Ford, for me Indi has always been more an iconic role than an iconic performance by a certain actor. I always wondered why Indiana Jones never developed into an ongoing cinematic adventure series like the James Bond Franchise.
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11:57AM on 02/04/2014
He'd really be perfect for the role. I never really considered that before.
He'd really be perfect for the role. I never really considered that before.
12:35PM on 02/04/2014
that's a great casting decision. I made a comment above about how they should continue the story with Harrison Ford's Indiana passing the torch to his son a few decades after Crystal Skull. It would be great to see a movie with Karl Urban playing the new Indiana Jones (and replacing Shia) alongside his father Henry Jones in a Last Crusade style story before branching off into his own adventures.
that's a great casting decision. I made a comment above about how they should continue the story with Harrison Ford's Indiana passing the torch to his son a few decades after Crystal Skull. It would be great to see a movie with Karl Urban playing the new Indiana Jones (and replacing Shia) alongside his father Henry Jones in a Last Crusade style story before branching off into his own adventures.
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11:48AM on 02/04/2014

So... think in James Bond

Why Hollywood complicate his famous characters, Think if the Broccoli family tryed to do the same with his Famous James Bond and Sean Conney, they change the actor, maybe fail something, but at this point for many people James Bond is Daniel Craig, for others is Pierce Brosnan, etc. Why to limit Indiana Jones histories because his actor is old, its time to another Indiana Jones Pals, show respecto to Harrison he deserve, but Indiana Jones deserve be great ...
Why Hollywood complicate his famous characters, Think if the Broccoli family tryed to do the same with his Famous James Bond and Sean Conney, they change the actor, maybe fail something, but at this point for many people James Bond is Daniel Craig, for others is Pierce Brosnan, etc. Why to limit Indiana Jones histories because his actor is old, its time to another Indiana Jones Pals, show respecto to Harrison he deserve, but Indiana Jones deserve be great ...
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11:27AM on 02/04/2014
I'm sure Disney will toss Ford up there one more time. After that, I have no idea. The role will be recast with a and they will start on a new set of flicks. Chris Pratt, maybe? I don't know. Shut up and take my money!
I'm sure Disney will toss Ford up there one more time. After that, I have no idea. The role will be recast with a and they will start on a new set of flicks. Chris Pratt, maybe? I don't know. Shut up and take my money!
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12:38PM on 02/04/2014
Chris Pratt, another great casting decision. Someone said Karl Urban above. Both of those would be good choices for recasting Indy.
Chris Pratt, another great casting decision. Someone said Karl Urban above. Both of those would be good choices for recasting Indy.
11:20AM on 02/04/2014
I think they should start into an animated series for Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is getting to the point where he just can't do movies like this any more. Putting a new actor as Indiana Jones is like replacing Luke Skywalker with Matt Damon. An animated series on the other hand has the potential to take the series to far greater lengths. It can explore what happened after the events at the beginning of Last Crusade as well as the stories referenced by Indy of his early years before he became
I think they should start into an animated series for Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is getting to the point where he just can't do movies like this any more. Putting a new actor as Indiana Jones is like replacing Luke Skywalker with Matt Damon. An animated series on the other hand has the potential to take the series to far greater lengths. It can explore what happened after the events at the beginning of Last Crusade as well as the stories referenced by Indy of his early years before he became a professor. There is tons upon tons of stuff for a multi season multi arc storyline to fill in the gaps created by the movies. Another person taking on the role of Indiana Jones would be like Shia taking on the mantle of Indiana jones on his own. Its better to take it to a route outside of physical limitations and into an animated role where it can exist on its own despite the growing aging problem of its current actors.
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11:24AM on 02/04/2014
That's not a bad idea! I think if they found the right style of animation, it could be great. Maybe if the went along the lines of what they did with the Adventures of Tintin??? I don't know. But it might be better than throwing old man Ford or a cheap replacement up on the screen.
That's not a bad idea! I think if they found the right style of animation, it could be great. Maybe if the went along the lines of what they did with the Adventures of Tintin??? I don't know. But it might be better than throwing old man Ford or a cheap replacement up on the screen.
11:19AM on 02/04/2014
Blame it all on Lucas? Are you telling me that Steven Spielberg doesn't have the guts to make his own decisions (like he did with nuking the fridge)? The worst parts about Crystal Skull were the mishandling of the action scenes (with way too much CGI... Shia Tarzan, anyone?) and Harrison Ford being way too old. I think that Spielberg had forgotten how to make a good adventure movie. I don't think he cared enough. At least he remembered on Tin Tin. Maybe he'll get it right next time. Love
Blame it all on Lucas? Are you telling me that Steven Spielberg doesn't have the guts to make his own decisions (like he did with nuking the fridge)? The worst parts about Crystal Skull were the mishandling of the action scenes (with way too much CGI... Shia Tarzan, anyone?) and Harrison Ford being way too old. I think that Spielberg had forgotten how to make a good adventure movie. I don't think he cared enough. At least he remembered on Tin Tin. Maybe he'll get it right next time. Love the guy, but Crystal Skull was one of his weakest efforts in terms of direction.
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11:21AM on 02/04/2014
I think that you're right. It felt like everybody was mailing it in for the sake of being nostalgic and a good payday.
I think that you're right. It felt like everybody was mailing it in for the sake of being nostalgic and a good payday.
12:40PM on 02/04/2014
Absolutely right. Spielberg shit the bed on this one. I don't think the film is a complete failure, but there is something about the tone of the picture and the handling of the action sequences. And there just wasn't that urgency there was in the other movies. When it comes to the truck chase in Raiders, I can remember being rivited because the stakes were so high. The director is responsible for what is one screen. I can't in good conscience blame George Lucas for the mess that is
Absolutely right. Spielberg shit the bed on this one. I don't think the film is a complete failure, but there is something about the tone of the picture and the handling of the action sequences. And there just wasn't that urgency there was in the other movies. When it comes to the truck chase in Raiders, I can remember being rivited because the stakes were so high. The director is responsible for what is one screen. I can't in good conscience blame George Lucas for the mess that is Indiana Jones IV.
11:11AM on 02/04/2014
Indy is by far, my favorite films of all time but Kingdom is a very bad Indy movie. In my eyes, Crystal Skull doesn't exist. I refuse to ever watch it again. A lot of people blame Lucas but you can't only blame him.Steven Spielberg should have done something about it. Indy is his baby too. But moving on. What to do with the franchise? You know Disney will make more. They paid for it, they have the rights and no way will they just sit on it. It will happen but Harrison Ford is not getting any
Indy is by far, my favorite films of all time but Kingdom is a very bad Indy movie. In my eyes, Crystal Skull doesn't exist. I refuse to ever watch it again. A lot of people blame Lucas but you can't only blame him.Steven Spielberg should have done something about it. Indy is his baby too. But moving on. What to do with the franchise? You know Disney will make more. They paid for it, they have the rights and no way will they just sit on it. It will happen but Harrison Ford is not getting any younger. Trust me, I really hate to say this but I say continue to make more adventures with another actor. But keep it old school. Set it in the 30's or before, NO fucking CGI, and I want real stunts. Do it right, and people will love it. As who should play Indy, I don't know. I will always picture Harrison as has Indy so I can't pick one. Whoever it is, better not be some clean cut pansy.
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11:10AM on 02/04/2014
Reboot is bound to happen. If that's the case, I hope they'd get the right actor and respect Indiana Jones, character-wise. But I do hope Ford would reprise the role one more time.
Reboot is bound to happen. If that's the case, I hope they'd get the right actor and respect Indiana Jones, character-wise. But I do hope Ford would reprise the role one more time.
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11:00AM on 02/04/2014
I think a major problem with making a new one is it will be so hard to please people. Was Kingdom a bad Indiana Jones movie and a let down? Yes but I think what amplifies the negative for any new Indiana Jones,Star Wars,etc movie is the decades of love for the originals we all have and the extremely high expectations that we wouldnt have for any other movie that comes with it
I think a major problem with making a new one is it will be so hard to please people. Was Kingdom a bad Indiana Jones movie and a let down? Yes but I think what amplifies the negative for any new Indiana Jones,Star Wars,etc movie is the decades of love for the originals we all have and the extremely high expectations that we wouldnt have for any other movie that comes with it
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10:45AM on 02/04/2014

Indiana Jones: Days of Future Past

If the character is going to live on they have to reboot it. I thought they should have started the reboot before Crystal Skulls was even announced. Another idea is to do take the X-Men Days of Future Past as inspiration . Have old Indy introduce the new younger Indy through flashbacks, maybe they could even meet each other some how... Look at the success the Young Indy show had, they can use that show as inspiration, with returning characters played by younger actors and still keep the
If the character is going to live on they have to reboot it. I thought they should have started the reboot before Crystal Skulls was even announced. Another idea is to do take the X-Men Days of Future Past as inspiration . Have old Indy introduce the new younger Indy through flashbacks, maybe they could even meet each other some how... Look at the success the Young Indy show had, they can use that show as inspiration, with returning characters played by younger actors and still keep the continuity of the more recent films.
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10:43AM on 02/04/2014
I really like what Disney has done with Indiana Jones in their theme parks. The Indiana Jones ride is one of my favourite theme park attractions ever and the stunt show in Orlando is a classic. I would definitely like more Indy films and approve of Indy himself as a supporting character, perhaps a little like Old Bruce Wayne in the Batman Beyond series. I'd also definitely welcome an Indiana Jones animated series, something we should've gotten in the late 80s-early 90s alongside the
I really like what Disney has done with Indiana Jones in their theme parks. The Indiana Jones ride is one of my favourite theme park attractions ever and the stunt show in Orlando is a classic. I would definitely like more Indy films and approve of Indy himself as a supporting character, perhaps a little like Old Bruce Wayne in the Batman Beyond series. I'd also definitely welcome an Indiana Jones animated series, something we should've gotten in the late 80s-early 90s alongside the (underrated) Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
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10:41AM on 02/04/2014
The Uncharted series is better than a movie.
The Uncharted series is better than a movie.
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10:49AM on 02/04/2014
The Uncharted series alone was well worth choosing PS3 over Xbox
The Uncharted series alone was well worth choosing PS3 over Xbox
10:34AM on 02/04/2014
I would like to see them do Indy in his prime with a different actor, if they continue it. People will cry and say "Ford is Indy", but they said the same thing about Connery with James Bond and Shatner with Capt Kirk and those movies/characters have been fine (and sometimes better) with different actors.
I would like to see them do Indy in his prime with a different actor, if they continue it. People will cry and say "Ford is Indy", but they said the same thing about Connery with James Bond and Shatner with Capt Kirk and those movies/characters have been fine (and sometimes better) with different actors.
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