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The last time we saw famed archaeologist and beloved cinematic icon Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), he was tying the knot with his soul mate, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), at the tail end of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Fans wondered if they’d ever see their hero in action again. Today, we know that answer.
During an interview with Vanity Fair that primarily focused on Star Wars, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy opened up about the future of the Indiana Jones franchise, which Disney purchased from Paramount (sort of) in 2012. And in talking about their plans for Indy, Kennedy confessed:
[Another Indy movie] will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it."
Grab your whip and fedora, and fire up the John Williams soundtrack… Indy is coming back! Of course, with this statement comes a lost ark filled with unanswered questions. First and foremost, will this be a Harrison Ford-led Indiana Jones? Or will Kathleen Kennedy oversee a passing of the torch that has been rumored for years now? Recently, we have heard the names of everyone from Bradley Cooper to Chris Pratt associated with an Indiana Jones reboot. Part of the reason why it was rumored that a fifth Indy movie was being delayed is because Disney didn’t want to upset Ford, who was back in the fold for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Ford’s adventure days likely are behind him. The 72-year-old actor looks fantastic, but he did injure himself on the set of Star Wars. How many action scenes will he want to do in a fifth Indy film?
Also holding up this Indiana Jones reboot seems to be a lack of story, and an absence of a script. Over the years, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have dropped hints that they had an "idea" for a fifth adventure. Spielberg always has said that it’s up to Lucas to conceive each Indy story, then he steps in to direct. Spielberg mentioned he’d like to direct a Chris Pratt-led Indy reboot, but whether this is part of Kennedy’s plan or not is anyone’s guess.
If I had to wager, I’m think that Kennedy and Lucasfilm will want to get Star Wars up and running before they shift gears to Indy. But with The Force Awakens dropping in months, and directors on board for the next two films at least – in Rian Johnson and Gareth Edwards – serious Indiana Jones conversations can’t be too far off. Can they?