If somebody straight up told me that Steven Spielberg is the greatest director of all time, I wouldn’t argue with them. Films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and among many more would all support that argument. But even possibly the greatest director of all time has to know when to walk away from something that he’s been so long a part of and put it in the hands of someone (not just anyone) else.
My favorite Indiana Jones film is The Last Crusade. All the scenes between Indy and his father (Sean Connery) were excellent and it was especially fun to explore Indy’s relationship with his father. When Kingdom of the Crystal Skull released in 2008, I thought it was a fun little adventure and one last hoorah for Harrison Ford. But as I watched it more the tides which favored, the film began to turn more and more. Has that ever happened to you with another movie?
Anyways, early reports from Deadline mention that Spielberg is interested in directing another Indiana Jones film, but with Chris Pratt in the lead role. The report also mentions the script has to be just right for Spielberg for him to sign on. This combination of Spielberg and Pratt may sound enticing, but is far off from seeing the day of light. The Indy 5 project currently has no screenwriter attached, and both Pratt and Spielberg have extremely busy schedules. That being said, the next installment in the Indiana Jones films could be treated as a reboot, meaning no Harrison Ford, so time wouldn’t necessarily be a factor.
In my opinion, I think Spielberg should just step away after four films, and have someone else offer their own spin on Dr. Jones character. It was clear to me after Crystal Skull that its time for someone else to take over. Now if he wants to pull a Sylvester Stallone and close his franchises with a BANG, he’s more than capable of doing so. I’m just interested in his return at the moment.
As for what’s next with Indiana Jones is anyone’s guess. Would you prefer Harrison Ford to have one last ride w/ Spielberg? Or a reboot with Chris Pratt (or another actor) and a new director? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts.