There’s a good chance you had super-mixed feelings about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s likely you thought the first half had relatively solid pacing, though you wish you knew enough about old refrigerator tech to call bogus on Indy surviving a nuclear blast inside one of them. Then there was the whole swinging-through-the-jungle-with-monkeys bit and then the fire ants eat that screaming dude, and then it’s aliens and their ancient-ruins-disguised spaceship, so you desperately wished the second half had gone a totally different way, and now you’ve spent your years since then rolling your eyes and grunting whenever that movie comes up.
So, now, maybe you’re reluctant to take in the latest comments of Steven Spielberg, when he discussed working with Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks in a good number of movies.
Now, I’ll probably do an Indy 5 with Harrison, [so] it’ll be five for Harrison, four for Tom…I’ve got to make another one with Tom, that’ll be five for Tom, five for Harrison. And I think I’m going to leapfrog that way for the rest of my career. With Daniel Day-Lewis in everything else!
Spielberg’s comments have largely been considered an off-hand joke, but it’s one of those things where you laugh and then trail off into an uncomfortable “Wait, is he serious?”
There’s reason for that, given the online hype about Chris Pratt taking on the role in a reboot of sorts with Ford likely being involved. Ford could still totally do it too, given that the gritty 73-year-old returns as Han Solo in The Force Awakens in a few months and he’s coming back to the world of Blade Runner as well.
Pratt’s role in the reboot would obviously replace the need for Shia LaBeouf’s character taking up his father’s heroism, which, for the most part, would please just about everybody. However, it would be amazing to see an entire Indiana Jones movie made out of Shia LaBeof’s green screen rant. That thing could be like a low-budget Charlie Kaufman flick.