Harrison Ford Confirms Indiana Jones 5 Is in the Works
03.02.10 by BJSprecher
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.