Here's a small bit of movie news, concerning one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.
Last July, a couple months after the release of the fourth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull, creator George Lucas expressed his desire to do a fifth Jones flick. And why wouldn't he? Even with the lackluster reviews and fan(boy) outrage, Crystal Skull raked in $786.6 million worldwide at the box-office with a budget of about $185 million. Throw in another kazillion dollars in merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales, and it's hard to argue with a guy if you're the studio... or director Steven Spielberg. In the article(and in the DVD commentaries), Lucas admitted:
With the last one, Steven wasn’t that enthusiastic. I’m in the future; Steven’s in the past. He’s trying to drag it back to the way they were, I’m trying to push it to a whole different place. So, still we have a sort of tension. This recent one came out of that. It’s kind of a hybrid of our own two ideas.
Shudder... Shudder... Shudder. So, needless to say, when Spielberg announced this June, that he had cracked the story for Indiana Jones 5, our hopes were up that he could bring it back to "the way they were," and not this alien infested "future" that Lucas ushered in in the fourth. But a couple of days afterwards, producer Frank Marshall confirmed and expressed his excitement, but cautioned:
Until there’s a script, nothing’s definite. I haven’t heard the idea.
So now here's the bit of news we've been waiting for. In an interview with People, Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford gives us an update on where they all stand on the fifth film :
The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself [have] agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I'll be very happy to put the costume on again.
So there we have it, the three main components have agreed on where Indiana Jones' latest adventure will take him. Still no word what the story is... but let's hope when George Lucas is "actively at work" on the script, he doesn't get some crazy ideas to make Jones' whip out of light. (What's that? You wanna kill off Mutt? Hmmmm... I guess we can compromise.) Hopefully the script is good, Ford isn't getting any younger. The most action he's done since Crystal Skull is telling Sacha Baron Cohen to "F*@K OFF!!!" in the Bruno Movie.
Now that Spielberg, Lucas and Ford have agreed on the story, are you ready for Indiana Jones 5?