Does Harrison Ford want to kill off Indiana Jones?

News Simon Brew 21 Dec 2010 - 08:58
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

With Indiana Jones 5 still in the planning stages, Harrison Ford is rumoured to be wanting the character killed off in the film...

Okay, this one might be a little obvious, given that Harrison Ford is pushing 70, and action heroes of such vintage are thin on the ground. But the plan with the in-the-works fifth Indiana Jones movie is for it to be Ford’s last (although last we heard, all concerned were still trying to nail the story).

Further than that, though, Showbiz Spy is reporting that Harrison Ford is keen for the character to be killed off in the fifth film. And what's more, that idea apparently isn’t being met with massive objections from Steven Spielberg at least, although George Lucas isn’t keen

It cites a source who says that “Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next one. George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it.”

Lucas, of course, refused to kill off the character of Ford's Han Solo in Return Of The Jedi, as had been originally planned. It wouldn't be a massive surprise if he were resisting the demise of another of his major characters.

All of this is rumour at this stage, of course, but it would make sense to give the character some proper closure at the end of the fifth film, and it’d be a bold step to kill off the character of Indiana Jones altogether.

That said, the franchise, even post-Ford, is likely to continue. As those of us who saw, with some trepidation, who was given the hat at the end of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull can testify…

Showbiz Spy

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