The Hollywood rumour mill has cranked out another piece of gossip, with an unnamed source suggesting that the fifth Indiana Jones movie will be set in the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The unsubstantiated report originally came from New Zealand news site Stuff, and was brought to wider attention by Aint It Cool.
“George [Lucas] and Steven [Spielberg] have been working on a script and it’s almost there,” a source told the New Zealand website. “Harrison is on stand-by for filming next year. This looks like being an emotional and exciting conclusion to the franchise, with Indy facing his biggest challenge yet.”
For most Indy fans, the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the western North Atlantic where a number of ships and aeroplanes have disappeared, is where The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull should have gone, or at least Mutt Williams, perhaps one of the most irritating supporting character in a mainstream movie since The Phantom Menace‘s Jar-Jar Binks. Still, at least Lucas and Spielberg will have the good sense to leave Shia LaBeouf’s character out of Indy V, won’t they?
“Shia LaBeouf has a central role again as Indy’s son but this will be a blockbuster made in the old fashioned way rather than the CGI efforts of the last movie,” Stuff’s source concluded. Great.
As we say, these are pure rumours at this stage, but the premise at least sounds vaguely plausible, and fits with the paranormal (not to mention extraterrestrial) themes of the previous movies.
In our opinion, however, Lucas should have saved on his typewriter ribbon and simply adapted Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis, the superlative graphic adventure game originally released in 1992. Okay, they would have had to move the events of the story forward from World War II to account for Harrison Ford’s advancing age, but its mythical location and central Macguffin were infinitely superior to 2008’s faintly ridiculous Crystal Skull. And not a sign of Mutt Williams anywhere.
More news on Indy V as we get it.