Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm is about to pay off in a huge way towards the end of the year. The parent company has successfully gotten people excited about Star Wars again. Credit to that goes towards excellent marketing for the upcoming film, and a planned slate for more Star Wars movies in the near future.
Still there’s another property from Lucasfilm sitting on the shelf just waiting to be revitalized again. Indiana Jones. Fans of the franchise made famous by Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are itching for another film, especially after the underwhelming Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
I’m one of those people who don’t want to see Ford’s last portrayal of Indy be that film. He’s done so much for the character and its fans, that he deserves a proper sendoff.
However, there’s been so much buzz surrounding a fifth Indiana Jones film, including the potential of a replacement actor, that I wasn’t sure what to believe at this point. Producer Frank Marshall (of the Indiana Jones franchise) gave fans like me who want to see Ford return, some encouraging news regarding what’s next for Indy (via. Total Film).
“There are a lot of rumours,” Marshall admitted. “We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton.”
“[We’re] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.”
Seems to me that Marshall and company aren’t interested in recasting an Indiana Jones for the future. We know more Indy films are on the way, because the property is too valuable. Could they continue the franchise with another character front and center? Whatever they plan on doing, I have faith they’ll serve the character justice because of one person. Kathleen Kennedy, who’s so far done a great job as President of Lucasfilm.
Look, its inevitable that one day our favorite movie characters will be played by another actor. We’re already seeing characters like Mad Max, Captain Kirk, Han Solo, and apparently John McClane move on with different faces. However, it seems Lucasfilm is taking a stand and trying to hold on to the Indiana Jones we all love and know.