Based on a report from Deadline, top men may be working the fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise. Who? Top men...because it's Steven Spielberg, who created the series back in the early '80s with George Lucas as a homage to the old serials of the 1930s and 1940s.
After three movies (now classics) throughout the 1980s, Spielberg and Lucas came together for a fourth Indy project, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was polarizing among fans to say the least. Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 and gained all the rights to the franchise, slating a fifth entry for July of 2019 before pushing it off a year.
If this story is correct then the 71-year-old director is currently deciding between Indiana Jones 5 and a remake of the Oscar-winning musical West Side Story with a script from Munich and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner. But is there a real urgency to modernize a true classic like West Side Story? Wouldn't you rather have at least one more collaboration between Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and John Williams?
It would make more sense to do Jones first, particularly since Spielberg wants Harrison Ford in the role and let's face it, Ford, 75, isn't the strapping young man he once was. Don't get us wrong, we'd love to see him return to the franchise as the professor/archaeologist who is a human magnet for mystical artifacts, but he is getting on in years and the role requires a lot of action sequences, so sooner rather than later should be the mindset.
Plus, they should strike while the iron is hot and Ford is in the middle of reprising his most iconic characters. Yes, there is no doubt Ford is and always be Professor Jones, but when Lucasfilm was purchased, Spielberg said he had his eye on including Chris Pratt in the next movie. Should the role ever be recast, Pratt is a very fitting option.
Making a new Indiana Jones would be the next logical step for Spielberg too as his next movie, Ready Player One (out March 30), takes place during a 1980s renaissance where people are obssessed with watching and studying his filmography from the Reagan Era. Fresh from plundering his own works (as well as those of Lucas, Zemeckis, Scott, and several others), Spielberg should be nice and refreshed on the classics that helped make him a Hollywood hitmaker in the first place.
Realistically, he could probably do both films and release them in the same year like he did with Jurassic Park and Schindler's List (1993), Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can (2002), Munich and War of the Worlds (2005), and War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin (2011). He was able to make the award-nominated The Post in six months with an impressive ensemble cast, meaning the man obviously has the juice to get things fast tracked if he wants.