Star Wars: Episode VII and Indiana Jones 5 latest

News Simon Brew 16 Dec 2013 - 06:48
Indiana Jones

Star Wars: Episode VII is a lot, lot closer to fruition than Indiana Jones 5 is...

A few brief updates regarding the next Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies popped up at the end of last week, courtesy of a 'Dealmakers Breakfast' that was hosted by Variety. A 'Dealmakers Breakfast'? Is it just us that sounds like slow torture to? What's wrong with a cup of coffee or six, badly burned toast, and a nice chat?

Still, perhaps that's why we don't get movie news stories over breakfast and Variety does. Specifically, Disney chairman Alan Horn went to theirs, whilst we had trouble even persuading our not very active cat to hang around at ours.

Variety's editor, Marc Graser, Tweeted out a few updates from their Weetabix-laden pow-wow then. On Star Wars: Episode VII first, it looks like the budget for the new movie will top the $200m mark. Furthermore, the screenplay for the movie is expected to be in place in January.

As for Indiana Jones 5, Disney now has full control of that movie, having picking up the remaining rights from Paramount last week. But that doesn't mean there's been much more progress than that. "We haven't done anything", Horn admitted. "We don't have a story. We need a story". His estimate is that it will be at least two to three years before we see another Indiana Jones movie, possibly longer.

Given that Harrison Ford is 71 now, albeit a young 71, it's going to be interesting when this project does finally get off the ground. Disney, at the very least, finally seems to be interested in it...


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I hate to say this - in fact I can't believe I'm saying this but the only way I can see Indy working now is by a total reboot and recast. Good ol' Harrison looked a little creaky in Crystal Skull and he'll look even worse by the time they shoot anything new.

Get the guy ...who was army guy in transformers movie married to Fergie .he be a good Indy

I thought Ford was the one part if Indy V that was perfect. He was still the man in the hat through and through.

oh yeah - he was.. but at times he did show his age and there's only so much action an old Indy can get away with.

I hope they keep Lucas away from it. It takes him years to do anything and even then it's crap. Why don't they just adapt one of the books? 'Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth' by Max McCoy was pretty good.

"Weetabix-laden pow-wow"? Genius.

Such a shame that river phoenix is no longer with us. he brilliantly captured the mannerisms of harrison ford. it would have been great to see him playing a young version with harrison ford narrating (similar to what happened in the young indiania jones chronicles).

Can they please do Young Indiana Jones rather than any kind of reboot? That would actually be great, for one thing.

River Phoenix would be 43 today, two years older Ford was when he played Indy for the first time in Raiders.

I read something years ago about the idea was to finish with Indy 3 and then make a new trilogy of Indy films with Mr Phoenix playing a younger Indy in adventures before Raiders.This is why he featured in the third one, It was to get people used to the idea and would have linked nicely to the original Indy films... Damn shame. Would have been ace.

I hate to say it, but I think I agree. Good luck finding an actor with as much charisma as Harrison Ford though

Reboot with Nathan Fillion in the role! That man is charisma personified, and he can handle himself in a fistfight.

I can't remember where I read it, but somebody posted a comment (either here or somewhere else) which went along the lines of suggesting a Bond-style recast/reboot every 2-4 films. I'm a massive Indy fanboy, and I thought I'd hate that idea but I'd actually be pretty game for it.

Fillion is a little too cheesy for Indiana Jones. The actor has to have a little edge too...

He can handle a burger as well, by the looks of him today.


he may have been 43 today, however, there are plenty of actors in hollywood who look good/young for their age. plus, in the graduate, dustin hoffman was only 6 years younger than ann bancroft. and let us not forget that sean connery is only 12 years older than harrison ford, and yet connery played his father.

Prince Andrew?

They're able to do quite a bit with stand-ins and stunt doubles... McKellen is 74 now and still cranks out "physical" roles. I think they can get 1 more decent shot from Ford, but the clock is ticking...

Personality wise, I think Fillion is more suited for Nathan Drake than he is for Indy...

Robbie Williams as Indy

I think a new Indy taking place in the present day, with one of Indy's grandkids finding an important diary of his, and flash backs to Indy, with Indy narrating and leading up to the present day situation would be perfect. His grandkid's actual name would be Indiana. Indiana would find his grandad's journal and piece together the events leading up to his grandad's final adventure and this fifth film would end with the beginning of a present day new Indy.

Yeah I agree with you. The TV show was really disappointing - I'd like to see that rebooted. Leave the classics alone.

Harsh! But true. I love him but he's far from action role material now.

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