It's beginning to look as if we've seen Hollywood icon Harrison Ford don the tattered snap brim fedora of of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones for the last time. In a recent interview with Collider, Frank Marshall, who produced both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, said that the fourth movie was his "last hurrah" and that, despite the tremendous success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the fact that Ford said as long ago as September of 2009 that he, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas had all "agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern," the lack of a crucial plot device to propel the action (a "MacGuffin" in movie lingo) and Lucas' desire to retire may have sealed the fate of Indiana Jones 5 (working title).
I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea [for Indiana Jones 5], there’s no MacGuffin.
Marshall said that Lucas simply isn't that interested in making another Indiana Jones movie, citing the fact that he's "passing the baton" to his wife, Kathleen Kennedy, to run Lucasfilm for him. Posted 07.27.12 by BrentJS
So far, our look at David Hughes" Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? has focused on movies that remained stuck in "Development Hell," never to see the light of day. In our fourth and final chapter, we examine Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, one of the rare examples of a movie that spent years in Development Hell, but somehow managed to break free and find its way to the big screen (though many die-hard fans of the franchise wish that it hadn't), where it earned a place in Hollywood history.
Sit back, grab a handful of popcorn, and prepare to have your mind blown as we journey to Development Hell in the final installment of Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?.
Part 4: Keeping Up with the (Indiana) Joneses >> Posted 03.26.12 by BrentJS
George Lucas is bringing his Star Wars saga back to big screen again, starting today with Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D. While the plan is to re-release the entire franchise in 3-D, the Blu-ray versions released last year allowed Lucas to frustrate fans with more alterations, particularly to Return of the Jedi (now Ewoks blink and Darth Vader yells "Nooo!" before tossing the Emperor to his doom) and Phantom Menace, which will see the puppet version of Yoda replaced with a CGI one instead. During a recent interview with THR, Lucas explained why he decided to add a digital Yoda.
lucas discusses han vs. greedo >> Posted 02.10.12 by Ryan
We tried to do Yoda in CGI in Episode I, but we just couldn’t get it done in time. We couldn’t get the technology to work, so we had to use the puppet, but the puppet really wasn’t as good as the CGI. So when we did the reissue, we had to put the CGI back in, which was what it was meant to be.
Since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008, fans have been wondering when the next chapter of the franchise was going to arrive. While Kingdom of the Crystal Skull may have had a polarizing effect on fanbase opinions, $768 million in worldwide box office receipts proved there was still plenty of interest in Indiana Jones.
In September of 2009, Harrison Ford admitted he, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas all "agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern," which he later described as "crazy, but great."
Last year, it was rumored Indiana Jones 5 (working title) might include a trip to the Bermuda Triangle, but months later, Ford said he had yet to see " anything on paper" for a fifth installment. could Indy die? >> Posted 07.17.11 by Ryan
While Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left some die-hard fans of the franchise scratching their heads (aliens?) and others shaking their heads in disgust (Mutt as Tarzan?), the movie reviewed well, scoring a respectable 77% on aggregate review site RottenTomatoes. It could also be classified as a colossal success, having grossed more than $780 million at the worldwide box office, making the question of a sequel almost a foregone conclusion.
Shia LaBeouf, who played the aforementioned Mutt in Crystal Skull, was the first to drop the news that Indiana Jones 5 was in the works back in June 2009, but most of the recent updates have come from Indy himself, Harrison Ford. Ford said in September 2009 that the story was "in the process of taking form" and that, assuming the script is good, he would be "very happy to put the costume on again." Then, in Ocotober 2009, Ford said that writer-producer George Lucas had come up with a "crazy but great" story.
When Ford next spoke about Indiana Jones 5 in January of this year, he discussed some of the characters he would like to see return in the new movie, including more Mutt and Marion (played by Karen Allen), possibly as Indy's wife. Now, Ford has confirmed to the BBC that a story has been agreed upon and Lucas is hard at work on the script.
Steven [Spielberg] and George and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we're seeing what comes of it. The process works like this: We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it's ready and we do it.
For fans of the franchise, here's hoping that "some point down the line" is sooner rather than later, considering Ford will turning the ripe old age of 68 on his next birthday. Posted 03.02.10 by BrentJS
Harrison Ford admitted months ago that he, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg are all agreed on the story for Indiana Jones 5. Lucas is busy putting together the story, while Ford told MTV what he would like to see in a sequel.
I think it would be interesting to advance the understanding of the character, as we always have had that ambition throughout the series. I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son [Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf] and play on that relationship. It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity.
Ford wouldn't elaborate on Lucas' idea for the next sequel, although he previously described it as it "crazy but great" to the LA Times. Still, Ford admits he doesn't mind "crazy."
Some of the best ideas are crazy ideas, you know? Well-wrought, well-manipulated.
Ford would like to have Karen Allen return as well.
I think [scenes with a married Indy and Marion] would be nice grace notes. We'll see what we come up with. Karen's a wonderful actress, I've always enjoyed working with her. I'm hoping that there'll be a part for all of us in the next one. Posted 01.11.10 by Ryan
Fox News reported that the French publication Le Figaro spoke recently with Harrison Ford, who confirmed that preparations are underway for a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.
The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I'll be very happy to put the costume on again.
No other details yet, although we know that Shia LaBeouf will return as Indy's son, Mutt. Posted 09.15.09 by reelz