Harrison Ford talks Indiana Jones 5
George Lucas is having crazy ideas for Indiana Jones 5 according to Harrison Ford. Should we be afraid?
Oh dear. This doesn't look promising at all. I count myself as one of those who went along to see Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull on the big screen, and gave it a pass simply because it was great to see Indy back doing what he does. When I tried to watch the film again, and looked at it in a little more detail, I came to the damning realisation that it really was quite shit. I'd suspected this from the first time I saw it, but was left in no doubt after round two.
And yet Crystal Skull was, by distance, the most lucrative film in the franchise. Given that George Lucas has pretty much run out of other memories to bastardise, it's been known for some time that he's working away on an idea for Indy 5. But we hadn't heard anything about that for a little while.
That was until Harrison Ford did an interview with MTV where the issue of Indiana Jones 5 was brought up. ""George is working on an idea, and if it comes to a fruitful stage, all of us are very interested in making another," confirmed Ford. That's the bit we knew already, and has been the party line for at least the last year.
What made our heart sink a little were the following two quotes from the interview:
* "Ford is promising that the idea Lucas has for the fifth film is outrageous," wrote MTV, quoting the actor directly as saying, "Some of the best ideas are crazy ideas, you know?". George and his crazy ideas? Once upon a time that would give us goosebumps. Now? It makes us frightened.
* "I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son and play on that relationship. ... It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity."
No, Harrison. The quicker Shia LaBeouf (and we've nothing personal against him) and his character are driven out of this franchise, the better.
We'll wait and see what happens next, but Indy 5 is clearly waiting on George Lucas right now. Lucas is, rightly, one of the most important filmmakers of the past few decades, and the impact of his work will live on for many, many decades to come. But if he's really going to press ahead with Indy 5, might we point him in the direction of our suggested five things we want to see from the next film? He can have our ideas for free....