When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, most assumed that the studio would be focusing on the Star Wars franchise. But along with acquiring the rights to Star Wars, they also got the rights to the Indiana Jones films. Recent news has focused mostly on the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, other sequels, and their spinoffs. So it looked like Disney was putting Indiana Jones on the backburner. Rumors that Chris Pratt would play as Dr. Jones started to circulate earlier this year, but the actor said it probably wouldn’t happen because his action-film plate is pretty full. Even Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy admitted that they weren’t ready to release an Indiana Jones 5 because they didn’t have the right story yet.
However, during the Bridge of Spies press tour, director Steven Spielberg would probably do an Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford, indicating that the role would probably not be recasted. Now, producer Frank Marshall is sharing that sentiment as he confirms that a recasting won’t happen. More on the story below.
Dreamworks’ Bridge Of Spies hits theaters this weekend, and director Steven Spielberg is on the press tour to help promote the film. While he could discuss Bridge and any other project he’s working — like BFG, or Ready Player One — he chose a different kind of film to talk about. During one of his interviews, Spielberg brought up Indiana Jones 5, and that he might direct it with plans to have Harrison Ford reprise his role at the title character.
It’s easy to see why Chris Pratt may be attached to or is rumored to be attached to multiple action adventure films across the board. He is funny, charming, and can put up a fight. Which is why people can see him as the new Indiana Jones or why he’s been rumored to be appearing alongside Channing Tatum in the male Ghostbusters reboot.
With Jurassic World just weeks away from release, you can expect journalists to ask about his involvement in either of the projects during the press junket tour. But Pratt seems to have that handled by addressing any and all rumors about projects that seem to be circling him, when it clearly should be the other way around. Short answer, a lot of dreams are about to be shattered. More below.
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.
Chris Pratt attended the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, CA, last night where MTV’s Josh Horowitz spoke to the Guardians Of The Galaxy star on the Red Carpet about all those rumors about him being the next Indiana Jones. Last month, news broke that Disney was looking to reboot the Indiana Jones film franchise and wanted Pratt to take on the role as the titular adventurer. And just a few days ago, new reports surfaced that long-time Indiana Jones filmmaker Steven Spielberg is interested in directing Pratt in the reboot (Pratt is in his Jurassic World, coming to theaters this June).
So, what did Pratt have to say about all this Indiana Jones business? Well, unlike the other stars Horowitz grabbed a few minutes with on the Red Carpet, the actor didn’t shy away from the question.