Having successfully killed Star Wars as a cinematic entity for at least a decade, now Lucasfilm turns their attention to another premium property. Indiana Jones.
Having already been knocked down once by the poorly judged and, frankly, a little lazy Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull more than 12 years ago we are not exactly waiting with bated breath taking see what the 77 year old archaeologist will get up to next.
However, this is Hollywood and Lucasfilm so they are going to do it anyway.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has already confirmed the long-in-development sequel will not be a reboot. This means the chances of a recasting appear limited. Considering one of the main reasons Indiana Jones exists on screen is because Spielberg couldn’t get to make a James Bond movie, leading his friend Lucas to suggest something different, you would think maybe they could take a lead from Bond’s book and make the character timeless through recasting?
Lucasfilm won’t though. Instead they are ploughing on with near octogenarian Harrison Ford in the title role.
Ford himself has now started the drumbeat towards the return on Indy. He revealed that filming is starting sooner than you may think. In around two months time.
On CBS Sunday Morning he had this to say:
“I’m always delighted to come back to these characters. You know, when we have the opportunity to make another it’s because people have enjoyed them. I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as they were when we started. You have a sense of responsibility to your customers.
[I think] of the people that go to my movies more as customers than I do as fans. Fans feels kind of weird to me, but always has. But the fact that these people support my business and I’m responsible to them for the quality of the service that I offer, that feels better to me.”
Spielberg is currently in post-production on West Side Story and was rumored to be using his spare time to work on the script with David Koepp. If the script is finished we would have expected casting news and confirmation of Spielberg in the directors chair already but news has been scarce so this is something of a surprise.
A June 2021 date is booked for release so they will need to start moving soon.