No More Indys: Has Hollywood Finally Met A Movie It Can’t Remake?
Finding a franchise that Hollywood isn’t willing to remake/reboot/recycle right up until the day when humanity finds itself on the brink of total collapse isn’t easy, so when Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall says that the name “Indy” cannot be passed around from actor to actor like some cheap MI6 agent number, it’s big news.
“[We’re] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones,” Marshall said in a recent interview, “We have to figure this out.”
No more Indys doesn’t necessarily mean the death of the franchise though. With a fifth Harrison Ford-starring film long-rumoured to be in the works, Marshall hinted that the story could continue with a different actor playing a new character. The new guy (or, far less likely, girl) would don the adventurer/archaeologist hat after Ford’s Jones retires. Or dies. But probably just retires.
“There are a lot of rumours,” adds the producer referring to the speculation that has surrounded the franchise since it was sold (alongside Star Wars) to Disney for billions of dollars over three years ago. “We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton.”
When Marshall was asked explicitly if one in that bunch might be Jurassic World star Chris Pratt (Marshall produced that film too) he didn’t provide a clear answer, but the suggestion does get us thinking: who could take over the iconic franchise for Ford? Feel free to leave your casting suggestions in the comments below. Just don’t say Ben Affleck.