Is Indiana Jones 5 happening?

News Simon Brew 26 Jul 2012 - 10:52
Indiana Jones

Could the planned fifth Indiana Jones movie have died a death? Producer Frank Marshall has given a brief update...

Earlier this year, George Lucas revealed that he was stepping back from making major movies, in favour of doing smaller, more experimental things instead. It’d been assumed that the one exception to this would be the oft-talked about fifth Indiana Jones movie, which all concerned seem to have been keen to make.

However, a new interview over at Collider suggests that the steam may be going out of the project. The folks there were talking to producer Frank Marshall, ahead of the release of The Bourne Legacy. Marshall has produced all of the movies in the Indiana Jones series to date, and he was asked if the fourth film, Crystal Skull, was likely to be the last.

“I say, for me, [Crystal Skull] is the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin”. And, as the length development of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull taught us, if there’s no MacGuffin, there’s no film.

Could it be, then, that George Lucas has lost the desire to do Indy 5? “Yeah, no he isn’t [hungry to do Indy 5]”, Marshall confirmed. “And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife”.  Marshall is married to producer Kathleen Kennedy.

However, it’s the core trio of Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford that have driven the trilogy, and the signs aren’t strong for an Indy 5 if Lucas isn’t that interested in doing it any more. Ford turned 70 this year, too, which suggests the clock is very much ticking if they did want to do another film. Our guess? Indiana Jones 5 is dead.

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