Holy smokes, my friends! We're so pleased you're not dead!
Mere days after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBeouf dropped the bombshell hint that director Steven Spielberg had "cracked" the story for a fifth Indy adventure, producer Frank Marshall is now confirming another movie is indeed in the works.
Though perhaps not as far along as young Shia may have suggested.
"The story for Indy 5 is progressing," Marshall tweeted. "It is still in the research phase."
Marshall also told Empire Magazine:
"It's really about the script," says the veteran Indy producer. "Once we see that, we'll see. We're not going to wait another 20 years. We'd all love to make another one. I'm anxious to hear the idea!"
But are Mssrs. Spielberg, [Harrison] Ford and [George] Lucas equally sold on a fifth outing for the whip-cracking archeologist? "Yeah. We had a great time making the last one and, as Harrison said, we need to make this one soon. We're not getting any younger."
Time is indeed short (and, yes, we know, it's the mileage). Ford is no spring chicken, though we know Indy lived well into his 90s (judging from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) and might just be alive today. But still ...
To help move things along, and as a public service, here's a quick and dirty list of things we'd like to see in a fifth Indy:
♦Nazis. We hate those guys.
♦Marcus Brody (Yes, we know poor Denholm Elliott has gone to that Last Crusade in the sky, but we can wish.)
♦Henry Jones Sr.
Things we'd just as soon not see: