Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed Indiana Jones will be re-launched after Disney acquired the rights to the franchise…
Vanity Fair recently interviewed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens where she confirmed a new Indiana Jones movie was on the cards. Kennedy, the executive producer of each of the franchise’s four films thus far, said: “When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”
Steven Spielberg’s disappointing fourth movie in the franchise – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – was admittedly commercially successful but had the imagination of a squashed gnat as well as charisma-bankrupt Shia LaBeouf tagging along for the adventure. For fans of the original it was a big disappointment and, in its current guise, likely ushered the end of Harrison Ford’s tenure as the fedora-wearing hero.
It was clear that Spielberg and the studio had ideas about revitalising the franchise with the younger LaBeouf taking over swashbuckling duties but the actor’s poor performance and his negative attitude towards the film after its release meant he was quickly struck from the register.
LaBeouf, the out on control ego turned up to 11, took a swipe at Spielberg and the writers at Cannes after the film’s release, saying you can blame them for the “monkey-swinging and things like that” but did add it was up to him to “make it come alive” and that he “couldn’t do it”.
The rumour mill has been rampant since word emerged from Spielberg’s long-time collaborator Janusz Kamiński who said last year that his next project was going to be Indiana Jones 5. The Oscar-winning cinematographer has worked with Spielberg over a dozen times with credits including Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.
And while Bradley Cooper’s name has been mentioned, it’s wise-cracking Guardians of the Galaxy space explorer Chris Pratt who’s leading the way. If Spielberg does step behind the camera once again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Harrison Ford jump back on board, even if it’s in a small role.
But one thing we know is that Shia LaBeouf has burnt his bridges. After criticising the director previously at Cannes he hit him again with this: “He’s done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]. But when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”