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Steven Spielberg won't allow anyone but Harrison Ford to be Indiana Jones

12.02.2015

Are you of the mindset that Harrison Ford is eventually going to hang up his whip and fedora as Indiana Jones in order for a younger actor to fill those shoes and continue the legacy of the famous archaologist forward? Maybe someone like Chris Pratt? Well, good luck waiting for that to happen, because, according to Steven Spielberg, it won't be on his watch.

Speaking to Screen International, Spielberg remarked on the likelihood of a new Indy ever taking shape...

I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen... It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that’s Harrison Ford.

As for why he'd be game for another INDIANA JONES movie as Spielberg had previously joked, he had this to say...

Because there are more adventures out there than films. So as long as there’s more adventures out there, I’ve got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done.

Ford right now is 73. Spielberg turns 69 later this month. Time is working against them making a fifth film, so, if it's going to happen, that's going to happen soon, but it appears Spielberg is certainly serious about making KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL the last Indy film we taste. Now to see if there's any movement on it relatively soon...

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8:28AM on 12/03/2015
This being Hollywood, one day it will happen. But I am so happy Steven Spielberg finally came down with a definitive "NO" on recasting the role. All the rumors and speculation was really getting to me. IT'S TOO SOON! Besides, Harrison Ford is superhuman! How else can you explain how he's survived all his wounds and can still do the things he does?
This being Hollywood, one day it will happen. But I am so happy Steven Spielberg finally came down with a definitive "NO" on recasting the role. All the rumors and speculation was really getting to me. IT'S TOO SOON! Besides, Harrison Ford is superhuman! How else can you explain how he's survived all his wounds and can still do the things he does?
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8:20AM on 12/03/2015
And work hard to keep it that way Sir.Stevie
And work hard to keep it that way Sir.Stevie
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4:07AM on 12/03/2015
what about Young Han Solo then? will he allow?
what about Young Han Solo then? will he allow?
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8:17AM on 12/03/2015
Spielberg has nothing to do with Star Wars. He never did.
Spielberg has nothing to do with Star Wars. He never did.
12:41AM on 12/03/2015
He said that no one can replace Harrison Ford as Indy, but he didn't say anything about Shia LeBeouf. I'd say make a new sequel with Chris Pratt as Henry Jones III. Or a spinoff movie/TV series with Stephen Yeun as an adult Short Round in the lead.
He said that no one can replace Harrison Ford as Indy, but he didn't say anything about Shia LeBeouf. I'd say make a new sequel with Chris Pratt as Henry Jones III. Or a spinoff movie/TV series with Stephen Yeun as an adult Short Round in the lead.
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9:39PM on 12/02/2015
you know, except for River Phoenix and Sean Patrick Flannery, heh. But in general I'm glad to hear that there are no plans to reboot this. But in Hollywood, never say never...
you know, except for River Phoenix and Sean Patrick Flannery, heh. But in general I'm glad to hear that there are no plans to reboot this. But in Hollywood, never say never...
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7:51PM on 12/02/2015
So Spielberg says "NO FREAKING WAY ARE YOU RECASTING THIS, IT'S MY BABY" (paraphrasing), but just a month or so ago he mentioned rebooting Back to the Future after Zemeckis and Gale said "they'll reboot BTTF over my dead body". So he's willing to recast Marty Mcfly against the creator's will but just don't touch his Indy Baby.
So Spielberg says "NO FREAKING WAY ARE YOU RECASTING THIS, IT'S MY BABY" (paraphrasing), but just a month or so ago he mentioned rebooting Back to the Future after Zemeckis and Gale said "they'll reboot BTTF over my dead body". So he's willing to recast Marty Mcfly against the creator's will but just don't touch his Indy Baby.
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7:36PM on 12/02/2015
Glad to hear it. Some actors are so iconic in their roles, they should not be recast: Pacino as Michael Corleone, Stallone as Rocky, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Depp as Jack Sparrow, and especially Ford as Indiana Jones. Indy should be treated like those films, not like Bond and Spider-man. Besides, Hollywood already has too many reboots and remakes out there. Let's get some original characters.
Glad to hear it. Some actors are so iconic in their roles, they should not be recast: Pacino as Michael Corleone, Stallone as Rocky, Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, Depp as Jack Sparrow, and especially Ford as Indiana Jones. Indy should be treated like those films, not like Bond and Spider-man. Besides, Hollywood already has too many reboots and remakes out there. Let's get some original characters.
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6:48PM on 12/02/2015

I'm in the Minority

Look I know I'm in the minority but every time this subject comes up, I always have to reference this review:
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Either stop making these movies with Harrison, and let the original Trilogy bring joy to many generations to come and keep the nostalgia for Harrison and Speilberg's Indy in all of our hearts, or recast him.
Look I know I'm in the minority but every time this subject comes up, I always have to reference this review:
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Either stop making these movies with Harrison, and let the original Trilogy bring joy to many generations to come and keep the nostalgia for Harrison and Speilberg's Indy in all of our hearts, or recast him.
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7:34PM on 12/02/2015
Everybody pretty much agrees that letting the franchise die as it is wouldn't be a bad option. It's the recasting that poses problems.

James Bond came from novels. Batman came from comic books. It's very possible for an actor to make a different interpretation of the source material. Not so with Jones, which was created for movies and defined by its actor's interpretation. Anybody who tries to play the character will have to mimic Ford, which makes zero sense because it would be so easy to
Everybody pretty much agrees that letting the franchise die as it is wouldn't be a bad option. It's the recasting that poses problems.

James Bond came from novels. Batman came from comic books. It's very possible for an actor to make a different interpretation of the source material. Not so with Jones, which was created for movies and defined by its actor's interpretation. Anybody who tries to play the character will have to mimic Ford, which makes zero sense because it would be so easy to start another treasure hunting franchise without having any constraint.
6:09PM on 12/02/2015

Great news!

Indiana Jones is nothing more than Ford, Spielberg and Lucas' interpretation of the classic treasure hunter character. If you remove Ford's personal touch, there really is not much left to the character.

Other franchises have been able to be influenced by Indiana Jones without using the character (the Mummy franchise with Brendan Fraser, the video games series Tomb Raider and Uncharted...). There no reason why Hollywood can't be influenced by the character to create a new franchise. No
Indiana Jones is nothing more than Ford, Spielberg and Lucas' interpretation of the classic treasure hunter character. If you remove Ford's personal touch, there really is not much left to the character.

Other franchises have been able to be influenced by Indiana Jones without using the character (the Mummy franchise with Brendan Fraser, the video games series Tomb Raider and Uncharted...). There no reason why Hollywood can't be influenced by the character to create a new franchise. No reason other than they don't feel like trying anymore.
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5:47PM on 12/02/2015
I'm with Spielberg. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones, it's such an iconic role that it would be impossible to re-cast.
As an aside, has anyone else thought it weird that Ford is older than Spielberg? I've always thought Spielberg looked older for some reason, lol.
I'm with Spielberg. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones, it's such an iconic role that it would be impossible to re-cast.
As an aside, has anyone else thought it weird that Ford is older than Spielberg? I've always thought Spielberg looked older for some reason, lol.
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5:09PM on 12/02/2015
If what your saying is you won't make any more Indy movies than I'm with you 100% Look, we were all hyped for Crystal Skull. Heck, that first teaser was phenomenal. But It was a huge step backwards for everyone involved, and definitely the worst entry of the series. I'd much rather the ending Spielberg originally intended with Indy, Sallah, Brody, and Henry riding off into the sunset. Oh and as much as I love Harrison, Indiana Jones can most definitely be recast.
If what your saying is you won't make any more Indy movies than I'm with you 100% Look, we were all hyped for Crystal Skull. Heck, that first teaser was phenomenal. But It was a huge step backwards for everyone involved, and definitely the worst entry of the series. I'd much rather the ending Spielberg originally intended with Indy, Sallah, Brody, and Henry riding off into the sunset. Oh and as much as I love Harrison, Indiana Jones can most definitely be recast.
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5:43PM on 12/02/2015
I disagree and im sure youre the minority but thats cool...youre entitled to your opinion...and im pretty sure spielberg knows a little more about films and audiences than you or anyone else here....but like i said thats youre opinion.....but for me and the TRUE indy fans noone can ever be recast as indy.....
I disagree and im sure youre the minority but thats cool...youre entitled to your opinion...and im pretty sure spielberg knows a little more about films and audiences than you or anyone else here....but like i said thats youre opinion.....but for me and the TRUE indy fans noone can ever be recast as indy.....
6:42PM on 12/02/2015
cinnamon. I love Harrison Ford as Indy. I may be in the minority but Indy can be recast, and I guarantee he will be.
cinnamon. I love Harrison Ford as Indy. I may be in the minority but Indy can be recast, and I guarantee he will be.
4:53PM on 12/02/2015

Good!

That's why Steven is so great. Smart decisions like that!!! Well done, Sir. This ain't friggin' James Bond. There's only ONE Indy. Bully! BULLY!
That's why Steven is so great. Smart decisions like that!!! Well done, Sir. This ain't friggin' James Bond. There's only ONE Indy. Bully! BULLY!
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5:04PM on 12/02/2015
Yea, except Indy is based on James Bond. Its Speilberg's american James Bond. He's said this in many interviews. He even had James Bond play his dad for god sakes. Of course i love Harrison but Indiana Jones can be recast.
Yea, except Indy is based on James Bond. Its Speilberg's american James Bond. He's said this in many interviews. He even had James Bond play his dad for god sakes. Of course i love Harrison but Indiana Jones can be recast.
5:47PM on 12/02/2015
Nope...indy can not be recast....and sounds like he never will.....well said steven 😊
Nope...indy can not be recast....and sounds like he never will.....well said steven 😊
8:20AM on 12/03/2015
He's not "based" on James Bond. But Spielberg was sitting with George Lucas, saying he wanted to make a Bond movie, and Lucas said he had something better. Thus Indiana Jones was born.
He's not "based" on James Bond. But Spielberg was sitting with George Lucas, saying he wanted to make a Bond movie, and Lucas said he had something better. Thus Indiana Jones was born.
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4:19PM on 12/02/2015
I hope Spielberg's intentions will remain true. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones. Or at least, was...
But this character was great because HE played him and nobody else.

(The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles were good, but not great)
I hope Spielberg's intentions will remain true. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones. Or at least, was...
But this character was great because HE played him and nobody else.

(The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles were good, but not great)
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4:10PM on 12/02/2015
Kudos to Spielberg!
Kudos to Spielberg!
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3:53PM on 12/02/2015

Not entirely true....

Young Indiana Jones Chronicles....
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles....
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3:58PM on 12/02/2015
And we can't say that was very good.
And we can't say that was very good.
4:08PM on 12/02/2015
Anything is better than that sad excuse for an Indy film/abomination we got with the last entry.
Anything is better than that sad excuse for an Indy film/abomination we got with the last entry.
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