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Kathleen Kennedy thinks there will be an Indiana Jones 5

12.09.2015

Looks like another Indiana Jones movie is going to be the next big "Will they or won't they?" we'll keep talking about until someone definitively makes up their damn mind.

Everyone seems to say the right things when it comes to making a fifth movie in the series, especially with Steven Spielberg claiming it'll be Harrison Ford or bust, yet we seem no closer to getting another adventure out of Indy to justify all this conversation.

But Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, is optimistic something will come together, pointing to the numerous discussions that have been had and the few story ideas that have been kicked around as proof that Indy is not a dormant series in the least bit.

We're all trying to figure out when the right time is to step back in. Harrison really wants to do it; Steven really wants to do it. We've kicked around a couple of story ideas, but beyond that, I don't know yet. I think there will be one, we'll certainly move forward with Indy. But right now, everybody's just focused on Star Wars.

STAR WARS is sucking up a lot of the oxygen over at Lucasfilm and Disney, and believe me... No one wants another Indiana Jones movie just for the sake of having one. But we're getting dangerously close to hitting a point in time where everyone is going to have to shit or get off the pot. Ford is no spring chicken anymore, especially given the physicality needed for an Indy flick (stunt doubles can only do so much), and that's ultimately going to be the biggest factor that dictates if they can make another one happen.

The mind may be willing, but the body may not be game the longer this idea simmers, and then what? Then will we revisit the idea of going younger and recasting to keep the franchise alive? I'd bet good money that's a conversation that's going to need to be had sooner rather than later, no matter what is said publicly now.

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10:11AM on 12/14/2015
We should have had a fifth Indiana Jones movie 20 years ago.
We should have had a fifth Indiana Jones movie 20 years ago.
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10:31PM on 12/12/2015
Yea I was gonna question how JoBlo would run an article with the word "thinks" & then I saw who wrote the article, yea fuck this guy, I don't take any of his articles serious. Get rid of this guy already.
Yea I was gonna question how JoBlo would run an article with the word "thinks" & then I saw who wrote the article, yea fuck this guy, I don't take any of his articles serious. Get rid of this guy already.
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9:49AM on 12/10/2015
The only reason why I want an Indy 5 is because I do not want Indy 4 to be the last entry of this franchise.

They can still do it with Harrison Ford, they just need to make it a priority. Lucasfilm has made a commitment to Star Wars movies every year for the forseeable future. So I don't get Kennedy's comments that the focus is on Star Wars, the focus will always be on Star Wars. That action plan is already put in motion for the next 3-4 years. She has time to focus on development of
The only reason why I want an Indy 5 is because I do not want Indy 4 to be the last entry of this franchise.

They can still do it with Harrison Ford, they just need to make it a priority. Lucasfilm has made a commitment to Star Wars movies every year for the forseeable future. So I don't get Kennedy's comments that the focus is on Star Wars, the focus will always be on Star Wars. That action plan is already put in motion for the next 3-4 years. She has time to focus on development of other things.

They should make Indy 5 a priority to get made in the next 2-3 years. Harrison Ford got himself into some pretty great shape for Star Wars, he can probably either maintain or do it again for an Indy movie. I get that he's no spring chicken, but the Indy movies never had crazy/over the top stunt work in them. All we need is Indy running through a marketplace shooting at bad guys. Or running through ruins, shooting at bad guys. Getting into a fist fight with someone and knocking them out with a right hook. What we DO NOT need is Indy swinging from vines with monkeys in a jungle - that is NOT Indiana Jones. So given that, I firmly believe Harrison Ford has one more in him if they keep the action similar to the first three and try very hard NOT to replicate ANYTHING from Indy 4.
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9:31AM on 12/10/2015

Not to be a downer but...

what are the powers that be going to do when Harrison Ford passes away?
Hopefully that's a long way off but at that point if they want more Indiana Jones movies, a re-cast will definitely be required...
what are the powers that be going to do when Harrison Ford passes away?
Hopefully that's a long way off but at that point if they want more Indiana Jones movies, a re-cast will definitely be required...
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8:44AM on 12/10/2015
Or, you can let go of the idea. Let the Indy movies remain classic. Stop trying to reinvent a character when it was perfect with the first trilogy.
Or, you can let go of the idea. Let the Indy movies remain classic. Stop trying to reinvent a character when it was perfect with the first trilogy.
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5:58AM on 12/10/2015
I only would like an Indy5 if it would show us that Indy4 was a different timeline or universe and never really happend!
I only would like an Indy5 if it would show us that Indy4 was a different timeline or universe and never really happend!
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9:44AM on 12/10/2015
I think they should have Indy 5 open with the closing scenes of Indy 4, and then Indy wakes up in his bed and is like "what a weird dream!". Puts on his suit, goes to class, runs into some guy who has a mission for him and then he's off for another adventure.
I think they should have Indy 5 open with the closing scenes of Indy 4, and then Indy wakes up in his bed and is like "what a weird dream!". Puts on his suit, goes to class, runs into some guy who has a mission for him and then he's off for another adventure.
12:58AM on 12/10/2015

lessons never learned...

just because we want something doesn't mean we should have something... it cant be like it was, people, the man is in his seventies for crying out loud... we tarnished the series once already... we just need to let it go... remember the good times...
just because we want something doesn't mean we should have something... it cant be like it was, people, the man is in his seventies for crying out loud... we tarnished the series once already... we just need to let it go... remember the good times...
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10:40PM on 12/09/2015

YES

I know Hollywood is a business and this IP is too profitable to let die, so a recast is inevitable eventually (whether I like it or not)... But I hope to dear God that Spielberg and Ford keep making as many as they can.
Seriously, what is the difference between a 40 year old fictional hero doing impossible shit in a fantasy film than an 80 year old fictional hero doing impossible shit in a fantasy film? I never ever found any Indiana Jones movie to be believable, and I mean that in a good
I know Hollywood is a business and this IP is too profitable to let die, so a recast is inevitable eventually (whether I like it or not)... But I hope to dear God that Spielberg and Ford keep making as many as they can.
Seriously, what is the difference between a 40 year old fictional hero doing impossible shit in a fantasy film than an 80 year old fictional hero doing impossible shit in a fantasy film? I never ever found any Indiana Jones movie to be believable, and I mean that in a good way. Whatever problems one had with KotCS....
What specifically about Ford's portrayal didn't you like?
What specifically did Ford do that seemed only realistically possible for him to do 20 years prior?
Also, what specific jokes did they make about Indy's age (besides Mutt calling him "gramps" once or twice)?
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1:56AM on 12/10/2015
LOL What's the difference between 40 and 80? 40 is an action adventure. 80 is a comedy.
LOL What's the difference between 40 and 80? 40 is an action adventure. 80 is a comedy.
8:54PM on 12/09/2015
Prequels may work, and there have been Indiana Jones novels set around the time that he was still fresh out of college. Start it off with Young Indy searching for one elusive artifact, then halfway to the story we go back to Old Indy picking up the trail decades later.
Prequels may work, and there have been Indiana Jones novels set around the time that he was still fresh out of college. Start it off with Young Indy searching for one elusive artifact, then halfway to the story we go back to Old Indy picking up the trail decades later.
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8:44PM on 12/09/2015
Would love to see one more good old Indy adventure before Ford decides to hang up the fedora and whip. It would certainly make up for the colossal failure that was Crystal Skull.
Would love to see one more good old Indy adventure before Ford decides to hang up the fedora and whip. It would certainly make up for the colossal failure that was Crystal Skull.
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8:30PM on 12/09/2015

My theory is they aren't announcing it because

announcing it right now would confirm that Han Solo dies in Episoode 7. When would he have time to do Indy 5 if they are ramping up production for January/February? If he doesn't survive, then they can ramp up production for Indy 5
announcing it right now would confirm that Han Solo dies in Episoode 7. When would he have time to do Indy 5 if they are ramping up production for January/February? If he doesn't survive, then they can ramp up production for Indy 5
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7:17PM on 12/09/2015
I'm positive that there is a group of people who want another new Indy movie just for the sake of having another new Indy movie. Another similarity these people all share with each othernis they all get their paychecks from Disney/Lucasfilm.

And I would bet good money that there will actually NEVER be a conversation among the Indy owners and creators about if they should go younger and recast the lead - because that would imply that someone was against it or even just playing devil's
I'm positive that there is a group of people who want another new Indy movie just for the sake of having another new Indy movie. Another similarity these people all share with each othernis they all get their paychecks from Disney/Lucasfilm.

And I would bet good money that there will actually NEVER be a conversation among the Indy owners and creators about if they should go younger and recast the lead - because that would imply that someone was against it or even just playing devil's advocate. From a business point of view, making at least a few more Indy films is a no brainer. It's not a matter of IF the Indy owners and creators will have a conversation about recasting Ford, it's only a matter of when, and hopefully how, and who, is the best way to do this with the reality that they are. At least, in my opinion, Disney has been overall (if not incredibly) successful, and even creative/inspired (they at least give it some effort and there seems to be some degree of love in most of their productions), with their decisions when choosing [link] for their Marvel films, and the same appears to be true with all their new Star Wars movies.
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6:59PM on 12/09/2015
Harrison Ford is 75 years old. By the time they start filming a new Indy movie he's going to be 80. An 80 year old Indiana Jones is almost as depressing as a 74 year old Han Solo.
Harrison Ford is 75 years old. By the time they start filming a new Indy movie he's going to be 80. An 80 year old Indiana Jones is almost as depressing as a 74 year old Han Solo.
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6:41PM on 12/09/2015

Why Indiana Jones is not like Bond

I'd prefer Indiana Jones 5 instead of recasting the role. I keep hearing people compare Indy to Bond, but they are different and here's why:
1. Bond is contemporary, whereas Indy takes place in the past. Bond is able to change with the times, and reflects current social and political issues. Indy is a throwback action/adventure films. Seeing a version of Indy living in 2015 sounds awful. You could keep it all set in the 30's - 40's but that would get stale, like every Bond taking place only in
I'd prefer Indiana Jones 5 instead of recasting the role. I keep hearing people compare Indy to Bond, but they are different and here's why:
1. Bond is contemporary, whereas Indy takes place in the past. Bond is able to change with the times, and reflects current social and political issues. Indy is a throwback action/adventure films. Seeing a version of Indy living in 2015 sounds awful. You could keep it all set in the 30's - 40's but that would get stale, like every Bond taking place only in the 60's.
2. Bond is based on a book character. Indy is based on Ford's performance, much like Stallone and Rocky or Depp and Jack Sparrow.
3. Bond has changed actors every 5-10 years. Ford has been Indy since before I was born. We've been through four Bonds in that time. It's hard to see anyone else in a role that someone has owned for that long.
4. There's already too many reboots out there, we don't need Indiana Jones to be another one.
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7:51PM on 12/09/2015
You might be the first to suggest putting Indy in 2015 setting. Where'd you get that from? That's not smart. Keep him in 30s 40s and recast younger. Write more stories, more adventures, it's simple really. It's not hard to see anyone else in the role, just imagine a hat and whip on Jon Hamm. Done.

Besides, it's been done before. Remember Young Indiana Jones? Now image it done better, with bigger budget, and better talent.
You might be the first to suggest putting Indy in 2015 setting. Where'd you get that from? That's not smart. Keep him in 30s 40s and recast younger. Write more stories, more adventures, it's simple really. It's not hard to see anyone else in the role, just imagine a hat and whip on Jon Hamm. Done.

Besides, it's been done before. Remember Young Indiana Jones? Now image it done better, with bigger budget, and better talent.
9:05PM on 12/09/2015
Indiana jones has always been quoted as being Speilberg's "James Bond". He even cast James Bond as his dad.
Indiana jones has always been quoted as being Speilberg's "James Bond". He even cast James Bond as his dad.
11:36PM on 12/09/2015
@ J Burton. So every Indy movie will be the same thing, set in the 30's and 40's and fighting Nazis. Maybe some people want to see the same thing over and over again, but not me. Also, Young Indiana Jones was rather forgettable from what I saw. And really it's because it wasn't Ford playing Indy.

@Marty. Spielberg also said he didn't want anyone else but Ford playing Indiana Jones. He may have created Indy in the spirit of Bond, but that doesn't mean he wants the series to be rebooted
@ J Burton. So every Indy movie will be the same thing, set in the 30's and 40's and fighting Nazis. Maybe some people want to see the same thing over and over again, but not me. Also, Young Indiana Jones was rather forgettable from what I saw. And really it's because it wasn't Ford playing Indy.

@Marty. Spielberg also said he didn't want anyone else but Ford playing Indiana Jones. He may have created Indy in the spirit of Bond, but that doesn't mean he wants the series to be rebooted every decade with a new actor.
2:02AM on 12/10/2015
@anomaly7 Aw man, you're not thinking before you write. There's been 5 Indy movies so far. How many times has he fought the Nazis?
Why do you assume writers would have Indy fighting Nazis over and over again, when there are possibly an infinite amount of other things for him to do?
And most of the Bond films are not reboots, or sequels. Just other stories.
@anomaly7 Aw man, you're not thinking before you write. There's been 5 Indy movies so far. How many times has he fought the Nazis?
Why do you assume writers would have Indy fighting Nazis over and over again, when there are possibly an infinite amount of other things for him to do?
And most of the Bond films are not reboots, or sequels. Just other stories.
6:34PM on 12/09/2015
I don't understand why most people on this site are happy about the possibility of Harrison Ford returning to the Indy franchise after Crystal Skull. I have nothing against him as an actor but I don't wanna see an 70 year old Indiana Jones hobbling around on screen. That's not exciting. The Indy movies are filled with action and excitement. I don't wanna see my main protagonist barely keeping up with the things that are happening around him. They made it a running gag in Crystal Skull. We
I don't understand why most people on this site are happy about the possibility of Harrison Ford returning to the Indy franchise after Crystal Skull. I have nothing against him as an actor but I don't wanna see an 70 year old Indiana Jones hobbling around on screen. That's not exciting. The Indy movies are filled with action and excitement. I don't wanna see my main protagonist barely keeping up with the things that are happening around him. They made it a running gag in Crystal Skull. We understand, he's old. The film makers are old. Its wonderful that they got to celebrate that in the last movie. However, if you wanna continue that "Oh boy am I old" shtik with Indy, rather than creating an adventure where we can actually root for the protagonist rather than being worried he's going to break a hip, count me out. WAY OUT.
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6:41PM on 12/09/2015
exactly. Crystal Skull was AWFUL. You would think that movie would be the nail in the coffin for the current iteration of the franchise. I say reboot it with a new actor. "Hell no! Ford IS Indy!" Yeah no shit, but Crystal Skull proved he can no longer carry an action movie
exactly. Crystal Skull was AWFUL. You would think that movie would be the nail in the coffin for the current iteration of the franchise. I say reboot it with a new actor. "Hell no! Ford IS Indy!" Yeah no shit, but Crystal Skull proved he can no longer carry an action movie
7:18PM on 12/09/2015
That movie had many problems, absolutely NONE of which had anything to do with Harrison Ford. The over abundance of CGI was one problem, Shia LaBeouf's involvement as a whole and the plot itself was just weak (an Atlantis story would have been amazing). Harrison Ford was the best thing about the movie as well as Karen Allen's return.
That movie had many problems, absolutely NONE of which had anything to do with Harrison Ford. The over abundance of CGI was one problem, Shia LaBeouf's involvement as a whole and the plot itself was just weak (an Atlantis story would have been amazing). Harrison Ford was the best thing about the movie as well as Karen Allen's return.
9:02PM on 12/09/2015
As I said briefly, it was nice to see him and the other older actors back and celebrating what made those films great but regardless of the bad effects, weak plot, awful cgi monkies, Harrison Ford was definitely showing his age in everything he did in that movie. What he did worked for THAT movie. But I don't want anymore of that in my Indiana jones adventure movies.
As I said briefly, it was nice to see him and the other older actors back and celebrating what made those films great but regardless of the bad effects, weak plot, awful cgi monkies, Harrison Ford was definitely showing his age in everything he did in that movie. What he did worked for THAT movie. But I don't want anymore of that in my Indiana jones adventure movies.
6:09PM on 12/09/2015

Get to it

Ford isn't getting any younger and if an episode of Star Wars can be written in a year, why can't Indy?
Ford isn't getting any younger and if an episode of Star Wars can be written in a year, why can't Indy?
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5:15PM on 12/09/2015
They should recast Indy. It makes sense for multiple reasons. Indy could be like Bond, and go on forever.
They should recast Indy. It makes sense for multiple reasons. Indy could be like Bond, and go on forever.
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6:13PM on 12/09/2015
Lame. No thanks.
Lame. No thanks.
6:19PM on 12/09/2015
No, a 73 year old Indiana Jones is lame, ridiculous and turns the film into a comedy.
No, a 73 year old Indiana Jones is lame, ridiculous and turns the film into a comedy.
6:33PM on 12/09/2015
YES. It does make sense.
YES. It does make sense.
7:21PM on 12/09/2015
Oh, the "too old" shit again? That's the excuse behind every whiny post. Durrrrrrrrr they're too old. Oh no, they're not 20 years old. They can't do anything. Who is going to replace him? Some lame effeminate pansy like Chris Pratt, Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon Levitt? Oh let me guess, fruity Channing Tatum is badass and would make a great Indy?
Oh, the "too old" shit again? That's the excuse behind every whiny post. Durrrrrrrrr they're too old. Oh no, they're not 20 years old. They can't do anything. Who is going to replace him? Some lame effeminate pansy like Chris Pratt, Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon Levitt? Oh let me guess, fruity Channing Tatum is badass and would make a great Indy?
7:44PM on 12/09/2015
Yes, too old. By the time production begins on this, he will be 80. You really want an 80 year old Indiana Jones? LOL, come on man. Recast with Jon Hamm, and you got the new Indy.
Yes, too old. By the time production begins on this, he will be 80. You really want an 80 year old Indiana Jones? LOL, come on man. Recast with Jon Hamm, and you got the new Indy.
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