The back and forth continues over a potential fifth sequel in the Indiana Jones franchise, and now it seems all that naysaying may have come a little too soon. Indy ain't dead yet, folks.
Last we heard, producer Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones, The Goonies, Back to the Future) said he considered the franchise done, and that he believes George Lucas is pretty much in agreement.
But nobody bothered to ask the other piece of the Indiana Jones puzzle—Steven Spielberg—if he was finished.
According to former Indy co-star Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood), she's spoken with Spielberg about it, and he's more than open to bringing Harrison Ford back as the treasure hunting archeologist. But right now, they're just waiting on Lucas to come up with a good idea.
She told Movies.com:
"I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently—we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, 'What should I say? I'm doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?' And he said, 'It's in George's [Lucas] hands! I'm game, Harrison's game, and now it's up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.' And so I think it's—they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don't want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes."Hmm. So it doesn't seem like things are moving too quickly, but this does sound a lot more optimistic than Marshall's previous comments. Despite the mediocrity of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the franchise is still worth a lot of money, and you have to think some studio honchos are chomping at the bit to get a fifth installment made before Harrison Ford gets any older.
What do you think? One more try, or hang up the whip for good?