Insane ‘Indiana Jones’ Rumor Says Disney May Go “James Bond Path” With Character

By March 26, 2014

Let’s all take a deep breath, because this is a doozy of a rumor that has a number of elements (and names!) to unpack. Are you ready?

Latino Review is reporting a giant scoop on the state and direction of the Indiana Jones franchise, and given their generally solid track record with these kind of game-changing scoops, this one is well worth thinking about.

First up, the outlet reports that the Indiana Jones property, which now belongs to Disney, may be going “the James Bond path,” with the eponymous character being recast as needed over the years, pushing the franchise ever onward. (If you need a little reminder – there have been seven major James Bonds on the big screen over the years, with Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan being the most recognizable.) Spielberg once famously toyed with directing a James Bond film before he moved on to Raiders of the Lost Ark, as suggested by George Lucas, who seemingly took Spielberg’s desire to direct a film based on a spy serial and moved that towards directing a film based on an adventure serial. Sure, it’s a tenuous connection, but it’s still a fun bit of trivia.

However (and this is a big “however”), the outlet’s sources claim that Harrison Ford “might still play Indiana Jones in the next film of the franchise, [but] the window of making that happen is getting smaller and smaller.” Moreover, “there is a date and if Indiana Jones 5 is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100% prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy.”

As Latino Review tells it, if that new trilogy took the “James Bond path,” it would be a recasting, not a rebooting, which would have probably made more sense years ago, before Indy aged, found some aliens, discovered his teen son, and got married. Would that part of his story just be erased in service to this new “recast”?

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If one of the names in the mix for the part is any indication, we might has well forget all about that Indy and Marion coupling, because the outlet also says that Bradley Cooper is at the top of their potential list. They do warn, however, that there are plenty of other actors on said list, and absolutely nothing has been signed, sealed, or delivered.

If that’s not enough to get your head spinning, Latino Review also shares that Frank Darabont could write the next Indy film, as he’s already pitched an idea to the studio for the next film. This is all too much.

What do you think about all these possibilities and rumors?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Uhhhh no idea how to react to this

  • I know it’s just a rumor at this point, but Bradley Cooper? It’s going to be tough to see anybody other than Harrison Ford as Indy.

  • Chris Pk421

    I like Bradley Cooper but don’t see him as Indy. I’d give it a shot but there gotta be better choices. I like this rumor though. As long as they are good movies, I will get over a new actor being Indy.