Did you read those recent rumors about the Indiana Jones franchise possibly rebooting itself, with The Hangover and American Hustle star Bradley Cooper slipping into the archaeologist’s trademark fedora and leather jacket for younger adventures? Yeah, they likely aren’t going to happen.
At least, that’s what two people VERY close to the inner workings of the Indy franchise are saying. In the news that Indiana Jones could be looking to recast the series in a James Bond style, Latino Review reported that screenwriter Frank Darabont "might be taking a crack at the franchise once again." Except Darabont says he isn’t. He wrote to AICN, stating:
This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it. I have not pitched an idea for a proposed Indiana Jones movie, nor has anybody approached me with such an idea. The inaccurate report on Latino Review was the first I'd heard of it."
Oof. Well, alrighty then. Time to move on. Wait, you need one more bit of news stating that this rumor might not be true? Longtime producer Frank Marshall, who had a hand in all four Indiana Jones films, Tweeted:
What does that mean? I’m going to interpret, though nothing I’m about to say has been confirmed. I’ll bet that Marshall knows which plans are in place for Indy’s future. Because know this: the Indiana Jones franchise WILL continue, in some way, shape, or form. Disney recently purchased the rights to the series future, and they didn’t do that just to put it up on a shelf like a treasured collectible. They either are going to lure Harrison Ford back for a fifth adventure, or they are going to recast, allowing the series to possibly launch a new trilogy with a different actor in the role (whether you agree with that or not). It’s happening.
The news – and sad news, at that – is that Darabont isn’t involved. Which is terrible. The screenwriter who tackled The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile wrote numerous episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and penned numerous treatments for a possible Indiana Jones sequel – several elements of which ended up in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If and when they get the wheels turning on an Indiana Jones movie – with or without Ford – they should have Darabont in the mix. For now, however, they don’t.