The Kidd here...
I'm sure those aren't exactly the words you wanted to hear regarding any future adventures for our favorite archeologist.
With the release of the INDIANA JONES: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray box set, it's once again reopened the debate as to whether we need or even want another Indy movie, following the debacle of CRYSTAL SKULL. Sure, it'd be cool to have Indiana Jones put on the fedora one more time, but not if it's going to turn out like the last one. We'll never be able to un-see that.
It sounds like everyone would be game for another one - Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, even Karen Allen, brought back in the last movie (doubtful on Shia for another go-'round) - but it's entirely up to George Lucas whether or not it's going to happen... at least that's the company line being towed by Spielberg and now Karen Allen, who spoke to Movies.com, while promoting the Blu-ray release.
When asked whether or not a fifth movie might happen or even if she'd be game for it, she explained the only real way for it to proceed at all:
"I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently - we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, 'What should I say? I'm doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?' And he said, 'It's in George's [Lucas] hands! I'm game, Harrison's game, and now it's up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.' And so I think it's - they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don't want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes."
Isn't that what was supposed to happen with the fourth one though, too? They'd only make it if everyone liked where they were at...? What does that say about everyone's tastes heading into CRYSTAL SKULL?
I'm still of the mindset that a great Indiana Jones film does still exist out there in the world, and I'd love to see it happen, if, for no other reason than I don't want to see the franchise go out on the CRYSTAL SKULL note, but I'm not overly optimistic that can happen if Lucas is the true driving force on it. He may have the idea, but I don't want to see him write it... and then I don't really want to see him try to cobble it together based on a bunch of random ideas that he thinks are cool but don't really fit together. RED TAILS didn't really do much to restore confidence in his storytelling ability. I think he can be a creative voice in moving it forward... but he shouldn't be THE force... not anymore. I just don't know that he has it in him.
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