I haven’t seen the last “Indiana Jones” movie yet; I’m sorry, if I wanted to watch an old man swing around and punch Russians, I’ll just go visit my grandfather at the retirement home. Having said that, a whole lot of people seemed to dig Mister Jones’ return to the big screen, if that $700 million box office take for the film is any indication. So I’m going to assume some of you out there are hoping for an “Indiana Jones 5”. For the three of you that fits in that category, here is news that George Lucas is seriously considering a fifth movie in the franchise.
The Bearded One says this to the TimesOnline on the very real possibility of an “Indiana Jones 5”:
“We were hoping for box-office figures like that, which is, ultimately, with inflation, what the others have done, within 10%,” Lucas explains. “So, we squeaked up there. Really, though, it was a challenge getting the story together and getting everybody to agree on it. Indiana Jones only becomes complicated when you have another two people saying ‘I want it this way’ and ‘I want it that way’, whereas, when I first did Jones, I just said, ‘We’ll do it this way’ — and that was much easier. But now I have to accommodate everybody, because they are all big, successful guys, too, so it’s a little hard on a practical level.
“If I can come up with another idea that they like, we’ll do another. Really, with the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic. I was trying to persuade him. But now Steve is more amenable to doing another one. Yet we still have the issues about the direction we’d like to take. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place. So, still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas, so we’ll see where we are able to take the next one.”
I like the idea that Lucas believes he’s living in the future, whereas Spielberg is still mired in the past. Don’t know if he’s just talking about their approach to the last Indy movies, or their approaches to movies in general.
Anyways, if they plan on Indy 5, they better get it into production quick. Harrison Ford ain’t getting any younger, buckaroos.