Everyone knows that when Disney bought Lucasfilm in what feels like forever ago at this point, they acquired the rights to the Star Wars property. The anticipation for the next film in the franchise, The Force Awakens, has been running rampant ever since, with it reaching a near all-time high last week when tickets for the film were officially made available to the public, and the studio released the final official trailer online. However, it’s easy to forget that Disney also acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise as well when they bought Lucasfilm.
Movement on the franchise has been basically nonexistent up until this point though, and while actors like Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper have already been heavily rumored to take on the Indiana Jones character for an older Harrison Ford, nothing has come anywhere near being confirmed yet. With Disney moving farther and farther into their Star Wars plans though, is it possible that we could finally hear some news regarding the beloved adventure franchise?
Jones producer Frank Marshall recently spoke to Total Film about the franchise’s future and the rumors of a possible Jones recasting. Will there actually be a passing of the torch from Ford to another, younger actor? Will he turn into a James Bond-esque icon? If Marshall’s word is to be trusted (which, let’s face it – totally is), then it doesn’t look like it. Check out his full quote below (H/T /Film):
“There are a lot of rumors. 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. [But we are] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.”
So judging by Marshall’s comments here, it sounds like Disney and Lucasfilm will eventually have the franchise be taken over by another actor, but he won’t be called Indiana Jones, unlike a majority of the previous reports had indicated. With Ford continually growing older though, it’ll become more and more illogical for him to perform the same kind of Indiana Jones stunts the role requires, so while no one else will bear the same name as the character, it looks like he might at least carry the same whip.
Personally, I don’t think that the franchise really needs this to happen. I’d be okay with one more film from Ford in order to correct the mistakes made by Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but the idea of continuing the franchise with a lead character not named Indiana Jones, just seems strange to me. If the studio wants Ford headlining one more film as the character though, they might want to start moving faster on production, otherwise he’s going to completely pass his threshold of being able to perform those stunts. So while Star Wars is only two months away from coming back full swing, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for Indiana Jones.
Indiana Jones 5 is currently in development.
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