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Producer Frank Marshall says Indiana Jones won't be recast like James Bond

10.27.2015

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Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed earlier this year that Disney does want to do another INDIANA JONES movie, however Kennedy wasn't sure when it will happen, since they haven’t started working on a script yet. While there's been talk of Harrison Ford returning as the whip-cracking archaeologist, it's also been rumored that Disney is looking to recast the role, but during an interview with Total Film, producer Frank Marshall said they're "not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.”

While that's good news for those of you who are of the opinion that Ford is Indy, Marshall went on to say "There’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton,” but also said that they "haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet."

Although Marshall says they haven't talked about a fifth movie yet, it almost sounds like he'd be down for introducing a new character in it to take over the series, which I really don't think is a good idea. People want to see Indiana Jones, be it Ford or a different actor in the role, and I doubt most would be interested in checking out a follow-up that would focus on the new character. What do you think Disney should do with the INDIANA JONES franchise?

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5:34AM on 10/28/2015
You do know that Doc and Marty time traveled through Indy's time line. So why not just upload his brain into a robot body and there you go, endless Indy movies.
You do know that Doc and Marty time traveled through Indy's time line. So why not just upload his brain into a robot body and there you go, endless Indy movies.
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2:21PM on 10/27/2015
Just because Harrison Ford can still play the character, doesn't mean he should. I don't want to see an old Indy. I want to see it set back in the 20's and 30's and thats not gonna happen with Ford
Just because Harrison Ford can still play the character, doesn't mean he should. I don't want to see an old Indy. I want to see it set back in the 20's and 30's and thats not gonna happen with Ford
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1:23PM on 10/27/2015

Indy or Bust

Hmm, thats tough but Disney could just do a cross over with a new actor as Indy with that National Treasure flicks where Nic Cage introduces the character, go on adventures and BOOM! Spin-off franchise and Indy is brought to the present.

Think Elementary or Sherlock. Keep it tongue-in-cheek and call him, say, Henry I. Jones otherwise no deal.
Hmm, thats tough but Disney could just do a cross over with a new actor as Indy with that National Treasure flicks where Nic Cage introduces the character, go on adventures and BOOM! Spin-off franchise and Indy is brought to the present.

Think Elementary or Sherlock. Keep it tongue-in-cheek and call him, say, Henry I. Jones otherwise no deal.
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1:14PM on 10/27/2015

I always think of this

when this topic comes up.
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"...that's because the character is just the 'hat'..."

I love Indy, and I love Harrison as Indy. But it's true. Indiana Jones can be played by anyone. It doesn't have to just be Harrison Ford.
when this topic comes up.
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"...that's because the character is just the 'hat'..."

I love Indy, and I love Harrison as Indy. But it's true. Indiana Jones can be played by anyone. It doesn't have to just be Harrison Ford.
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12:33PM on 10/27/2015
Doesn't Marshall remember the fact that other actors have already played Indiana Jones? Young Indiana Jones saw him played by three other actors. Don't just drop a new 30-something actor and rewrite Jones like they do with Bond. Get a young guy, Jones in graduate school in the 1920s. Show him meeting Marion and her father. Bookend it with scene of Ford as old Jones, like the show did.
Doesn't Marshall remember the fact that other actors have already played Indiana Jones? Young Indiana Jones saw him played by three other actors. Don't just drop a new 30-something actor and rewrite Jones like they do with Bond. Get a young guy, Jones in graduate school in the 1920s. Show him meeting Marion and her father. Bookend it with scene of Ford as old Jones, like the show did.
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8:06PM on 10/27/2015
That's good.

If they don't go that route, I think a huge factor in part 4 sucking was the awful casting choice of Shia. The kid does not read Indy Jr. They blew that wad though. I think the big rumor is Pratt would be the next Indy. Which makes sense keeping it in the Disney family. Maybe write Shia's (don't remember his name haha) character out, he probably wouldn't dig that shit anyways being a no good greacer. Really though, terrible casting.

Temple's my favorite (although I feel
That's good.

If they don't go that route, I think a huge factor in part 4 sucking was the awful casting choice of Shia. The kid does not read Indy Jr. They blew that wad though. I think the big rumor is Pratt would be the next Indy. Which makes sense keeping it in the Disney family. Maybe write Shia's (don't remember his name haha) character out, he probably wouldn't dig that shit anyways being a no good greacer. Really though, terrible casting.

Temple's my favorite (although I feel Raiders is the overall better movie), bring back (and current) Mrs.Steven Spielberg's Willie, Make Pratt their son. Hell, Indy could have known about him. Save a ton of character development screen time.

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12:24PM on 10/27/2015
Animated mini series. But a serious one, not a Saturday Morning tv show. Indy can be any age and still played by Ford. Or a video game sequel such as Ghostbusters, for the same reasons.
I'm really not up for a re-cast or passing of torch, but I'd be happy with some strong cross-media continuity.
Animated mini series. But a serious one, not a Saturday Morning tv show. Indy can be any age and still played by Ford. Or a video game sequel such as Ghostbusters, for the same reasons.
I'm really not up for a re-cast or passing of torch, but I'd be happy with some strong cross-media continuity.
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5:15PM on 10/27/2015
I've never understood why they didn't do this, as well as Original Trilogy Star Wars cartoons. Then, age doesn't matter. Make them the quality and tone of the best DC direct to video titles. No brainer.
I've never understood why they didn't do this, as well as Original Trilogy Star Wars cartoons. Then, age doesn't matter. Make them the quality and tone of the best DC direct to video titles. No brainer.
11:50AM on 10/27/2015
I don't need another Indy movie. But Harrison Ford doesn't just play the man, he IS the man. And for people talking about how his recent injuries could sideline him, they haven't yet. There's a reason J.J. Abrams called him Superman on The Daily Show. Getting injured on set is kind of his thing.
I don't need another Indy movie. But Harrison Ford doesn't just play the man, he IS the man. And for people talking about how his recent injuries could sideline him, they haven't yet. There's a reason J.J. Abrams called him Superman on The Daily Show. Getting injured on set is kind of his thing.
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11:29AM on 10/27/2015
Well, they could just... Stop making Indiana Jones movies. Give it a few more decades before a reboot. Preferably long after Harrison Ford dies.
Well, they could just... Stop making Indiana Jones movies. Give it a few more decades before a reboot. Preferably long after Harrison Ford dies.
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11:15AM on 10/27/2015

Well...

I think if you get the right actor for the role as Harrison's apprentice then it could definitely work. I really liked the fan made shot of Chris Pratt as the new Indy, he really looked the part and he has that smartass personality to pull off being Harrison's son (although they already went that route with Shia in the last Indy movie). I wish this franchise all the best though, I was such a big fan of Temple of Doom when it came out. As a kid I would watch that movie over and over, so I hope
I think if you get the right actor for the role as Harrison's apprentice then it could definitely work. I really liked the fan made shot of Chris Pratt as the new Indy, he really looked the part and he has that smartass personality to pull off being Harrison's son (although they already went that route with Shia in the last Indy movie). I wish this franchise all the best though, I was such a big fan of Temple of Doom when it came out. As a kid I would watch that movie over and over, so I hope they can find a way to breathe life back into this franchise for the new generation. I do think that Harrison should be in the next chapter as well though just to hand over the reigns to the new guy, he could play the Sean Connery role to bring it full circle and then start a new.
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11:13AM on 10/27/2015
How about a movie where Harrison Ford bitch slaps Frank Marshall around for 2 hours?
How about a movie where Harrison Ford bitch slaps Frank Marshall around for 2 hours?
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10:56AM on 10/27/2015

Ford or no one else

James Bond was a literary character so it would make sense that different people would have different vision of it. Indiana Jones, on the other hand, is a movie character and therefor, was in part created by its actor. Remove Ford's contribution for the character and there isn't much else. Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones because he was played by Harrison Ford, just as John McClane is John McClane because he was played by Bruce Willis. If you want an action franchise built around a new actor,
James Bond was a literary character so it would make sense that different people would have different vision of it. Indiana Jones, on the other hand, is a movie character and therefor, was in part created by its actor. Remove Ford's contribution for the character and there isn't much else. Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones because he was played by Harrison Ford, just as John McClane is John McClane because he was played by Bruce Willis. If you want an action franchise built around a new actor, built a new franchise tailored for him.

You want Chris Pratt as a treasure hunter? Cast him as Nathan Drake in an Uncharted series. There's nothing in the IJ franchise he couldn't do there.
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11:03AM on 10/27/2015
Well put. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Well put. Couldn't have said it better myself.
11:10AM on 10/27/2015
Agree 100% and it's what I always say when it's a book character versus a movie character. Another example is Mad Max, he's a movie character and Mel Gibson made him who he is. A lot of people loved Fury Road but I didn't hear anyone saying Tom Hardy killed it as Max because he's simply not Max, Mel Gibson is. Same thing with Indy, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. If they want to make money off an adventurous archaeologist then just create a new franchise.
Agree 100% and it's what I always say when it's a book character versus a movie character. Another example is Mad Max, he's a movie character and Mel Gibson made him who he is. A lot of people loved Fury Road but I didn't hear anyone saying Tom Hardy killed it as Max because he's simply not Max, Mel Gibson is. Same thing with Indy, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. If they want to make money off an adventurous archaeologist then just create a new franchise.
11:18AM on 10/27/2015
@Thunderdome, I think I heard more about Charlize's performance then Hardy's portrayal of Max lol. I wish they would have brought back Mel!!
@Thunderdome, I think I heard more about Charlize's performance then Hardy's portrayal of Max lol. I wish they would have brought back Mel!!
11:56AM on 10/27/2015
It really is a matter of opinion because I thought Hardy was an awesome Max!!!!! I agree about Indy though because for some reason Indiana Jones just feels more sacred.
It really is a matter of opinion because I thought Hardy was an awesome Max!!!!! I agree about Indy though because for some reason Indiana Jones just feels more sacred.
2:37PM on 10/27/2015
@ tonyzidarich...yeah I mean every Mad Max movie has him getting involved in a group's adventure but Mad Max simply wasn't the star of Fury Road, the focus was mostly on Furiosa. If Fury Road had come out 11 years ago with Mel back as Max like it was supposed to be it automatically would have been a better film.

@ GR-44_Benny...it's all opinion and I think Hardy is an excellent actor but for a Mad Max fanatic like me he just didn't work. In the first three films we saw Mel as Max go
@ tonyzidarich...yeah I mean every Mad Max movie has him getting involved in a group's adventure but Mad Max simply wasn't the star of Fury Road, the focus was mostly on Furiosa. If Fury Road had come out 11 years ago with Mel back as Max like it was supposed to be it automatically would have been a better film.

@ GR-44_Benny...it's all opinion and I think Hardy is an excellent actor but for a Mad Max fanatic like me he just didn't work. In the first three films we saw Mel as Max go through his tragedy and move into his adventures in Road Warrior and Thunderdome, plopping a new actor into the role killed our connection to him.
10:52AM on 10/27/2015
Really? Ford will want to be running around like Indy once did. He broke his leg doing some minor stunts on Star Wars. I'm sure he'll want to serve a supportive role, if at all in this. It really worked for Mad Max to just swamp the actor but keep it the same universe. Pratt is Indy, I don't mind it at all.
Really? Ford will want to be running around like Indy once did. He broke his leg doing some minor stunts on Star Wars. I'm sure he'll want to serve a supportive role, if at all in this. It really worked for Mad Max to just swamp the actor but keep it the same universe. Pratt is Indy, I don't mind it at all.
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10:21PM on 10/27/2015
Except Pratt isn't Indy. He isn't Indy until he signs the dotted line. And they aren't looking at that yet.
Except Pratt isn't Indy. He isn't Indy until he signs the dotted line. And they aren't looking at that yet.
10:44AM on 10/27/2015
While I will always view Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, I think another Indy film with him would be a mistake. The only reason being that it would be an old-man adventure movie. It would end up having to be more on the campy and in-movie jokes of things Indy used to be able to do, rather than us seeing Indy doing all the awesome things we all grew up with him doing. I personally think that we let the franchise stay as is and look to a new action-adventure hero. I was so stoked about the
While I will always view Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, I think another Indy film with him would be a mistake. The only reason being that it would be an old-man adventure movie. It would end up having to be more on the campy and in-movie jokes of things Indy used to be able to do, rather than us seeing Indy doing all the awesome things we all grew up with him doing. I personally think that we let the franchise stay as is and look to a new action-adventure hero. I was so stoked about the possibility of Uncharted, but that movie is just never going to happen. Don't know... but definitely don't think we should do anything further to tarnish what Indy represented
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10:35AM on 10/27/2015
If Harrison Ford is still up for this, then go for it. No use in recasting unless Ford doesn't want to play Indy anymore.
If Harrison Ford is still up for this, then go for it. No use in recasting unless Ford doesn't want to play Indy anymore.
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10:32AM on 10/27/2015

Good!

I wouldn't mind seeing Ford in the support role, guiding a student of his. I hope, who ever they chose, studies Ford, he's one of the few actors that truly conveys the characters situation as it happens - when Indy is in pain or exhausted, you really feel like Ford is in pain or exhausted. They need a really good actor and although I love Pratt, I never get a sense he's really worried about the situation his character is in. Oh, and give Tom Selleck a cameo since he was offered the job before
I wouldn't mind seeing Ford in the support role, guiding a student of his. I hope, who ever they chose, studies Ford, he's one of the few actors that truly conveys the characters situation as it happens - when Indy is in pain or exhausted, you really feel like Ford is in pain or exhausted. They need a really good actor and although I love Pratt, I never get a sense he's really worried about the situation his character is in. Oh, and give Tom Selleck a cameo since he was offered the job before Ford.
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10:30AM on 10/27/2015
I would love to see one more Indy film with Ford to make up for Crystal Skull. But once Ford is done, I do hope they recast and continue with the character of Indy, and not some entirely new character.

And I have to echo the previous posts and say my vote would be for Chris Pratt to take over next after Ford.
I would love to see one more Indy film with Ford to make up for Crystal Skull. But once Ford is done, I do hope they recast and continue with the character of Indy, and not some entirely new character.

And I have to echo the previous posts and say my vote would be for Chris Pratt to take over next after Ford.
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10:19AM on 10/27/2015
You could either way with this, re-cast Indy or introduce a new character to take over the mantle. I think if it's done well and they present a story that is classic Indy (i.e. movies 1-3) and they get an actor that is reminiscent of Ford in his younger days, fans will be ok with it.

Basically what I'm trying to say is either re-cast Indy with Chris Pratt, or introduce Chris Pratt as a new character who takes over for Indy. It's really the best option Disney can make on this one.
You could either way with this, re-cast Indy or introduce a new character to take over the mantle. I think if it's done well and they present a story that is classic Indy (i.e. movies 1-3) and they get an actor that is reminiscent of Ford in his younger days, fans will be ok with it.

Basically what I'm trying to say is either re-cast Indy with Chris Pratt, or introduce Chris Pratt as a new character who takes over for Indy. It's really the best option Disney can make on this one.
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10:15AM on 10/27/2015
Get over it and cast Chris Pratt as the new IJ. character has the potential
Get over it and cast Chris Pratt as the new IJ. character has the potential
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9:53PM on 10/27/2015
Do you talk like that one sentence no period right into the next one?
Do you talk like that one sentence no period right into the next one?
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