Rumor of the Day: Steven Spielberg wants to direct Indiana Jones reboot

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Feb 23, 2015, 11:37 AM EST (Updated)

We've been speculating so much about who might play a rebooted Indiana Jones that we haven't spent much time thinking about who would direct him.

Following the news that Disney and Lucasfilm are interested in having Chris Pratt put on the fedora and bullwhip first worn by Harrison Ford, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg hopes to direct a new Indy film -- if he's satisfied with the script.

Now, there are a few things to consider here: First, this is very early days, and there's not even a script or an official movie yet, so any interest on Spielberg’s part in directing his fifth film about the adventurous historian is hardly a concrete commitment.

But Spielberg did personally approve of Pratt as the star of Jurassic World, and he supposedly was never completely happy with the script for 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- specifically, the alien element, which was George Lucas' idea. While that movie was a huge financial success (nearly $800 million worldwide), it hardly endeared itself to fans or critics.

So yes, Spielberg might want another crack at the franchise with his favorite new star, and frankly he should be the one -- as director of the four previous films -- to usher in the era of the new Indiana Jones. But if not, well, Disney wants to make money, so the studio could always start interviewing other directors for the job.

Should Steven Spielberg continue with the Indiana Jones franchise? If not, is there another director you could see behind the camera?