This is about as simple and subtle a news story as there can be, but considering the topic, it is indeed well worth a mention.
While promoting Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen over in the U.K., the BBC was able to obtain a tiny little morsel out of star Shia LaBeouf in regard to potential next Indiana Jones movie. Oddly enough, you can actually hear everyone take a deep sigh while reading that last line. When asked about the next movie, LaBeouf seemingly announced that director Steven Spielberg had actually figured out what the next story would be and that he was “gearing up” for it. This of course does not confirm or guarantee another movie is going to actually be made, but consensus seemed to be: if they figured out a good enough story, they would be up for doing another movie.
After the critically crucified fourth installment in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, fans were enraged and heartbroken and it was all just a really large mess. If they do plan on making a fifth film, it’s going to have to be remarkably better in order to win hearts back. Rumors have circulated that there was a possible plan to make Crystal Skull, and then keep making new Indiana Jones movies as the lead was slowly passed along from Harrison Ford to LaBeouf. This would take the Indiana Jones franchise to a veritable James Bond level where the character out-grows any particular face and different actors and directors could come along and create various stories of adventure. Some people seem to like this idea; others weep at the thought. I’m personally on the fence about it. All that I do know is: make one hundred movies using the formula that you used to make the first three, and many of them will be loved. Step away from that original formula again, and you will likely fail.
With that I shout out a plea to Mr. George Lucas and Mr. Steven Spielberg, both of whom I know will never ever read this. If you do in fact head out for another Indiana Jones adventure, I — along with the millions of fans who cherish your work — beg of you: please lose the CGI! If you’re making another film, just go back to the original trilogy, and watch the making-of features on those movies. You will in fact be reminded of the wonderful gathering of brilliant talents that you put together to construct some of the best special effects and shots ever conceived. Find a storyline that mixes fantasy and adventure with historically-accurate settings and artifacts; put the work back into physical shots and effects; win the fans’ hearts back!
That is all that us humble consumers can wish for.