The Disney Company is on fire right now. In recent years they’ve procured the rights to the Marvel movies (which has proved profitable again and again, including with the latest blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s success at the box office last weekend) and the eagerly anticipated return of the Star Wars franchise to theaters. But in the process of assimilating Lucasfilm, Disney also finds themselves in possession of another of George Lucas‘s precious characters, Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Junior, better known simply as Indiana Jones, the famous archaeologist and adventurer.
Recently in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discussed what the status of a new Indiana Jones movie is currently.
From the Vanity Fair piece:
“In buying the company, Disney also got rights, for better or worse, to less-storied Lucasfilm properties, among them Willow and RadiolandMurders. A bigger prize is the Indiana Jones franchise. Kennedy confirmed rumors that another Indy movie â€œwill one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, Iâ€™m not quite sure. We havenâ€™t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”
So it sounds like there has been discussions about it but not necessarily a firm plan of when and how to do it. Is there a scenario where the world would be excited to see a new Indiana Jones adventure? And just who would be playing the part as Harrison Ford is probably not interested in swinging from a lasso or punching a bunch of peeps after his last outing in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
For what it’s worth, Chris Pratt is riding a ton of success and is quickly building a resume and boosting up his action hero status, and it was reported back in January that Disney wanted Pratt for the next movie, and Steven Spielberg has expressed interest in returning to direct when the movie comes around. Maybe it’s just me but I see Pratt as a fitting replacement for Jones. Maybe he’d be perfect for playing a younger Indy.
Raiders of the Lost Ark was set in 1936, Temple of Doom was technically a prequel as it was set in 1935. We saw a young Indiana Jones played by River Phoenix set in 1912 as part of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. So right there in the middle is the 1920s which was a wild time for archaeology with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. Maybe we could get a vision of Indy in his 20s and early 30s so that the legacy of Ford stays intact. Hey, we can speculate at this point can’t we?
In the meantime, we’ll have to keep an eye out for Disney’s plan for Dr. Jones in the future.
[Source: Vanity Fair]