George Lucas and Harrison Ford

Proving yet again that old actors never die (they just keep playing the same roles), Harrison Ford is poised to put on the fedora and return as that most adventurish of professors – Indiana Jones. At least, that’s the word from the gossip mongers over at The Insider — a source that is suspect at best. If it is true though, I can’t blame him for continuing in the iconic role that was one of two that shot his career into high gear.

Ford will be closing in on seventy when and if the film goes into production. The word is he’s in great shape! He can do it! Indy is forever! Or not. It looks like Indiana Jones 5 could close the book on Professor Jones, though I thought the ending of four pretty much did that with Indy and Marion finally settling down together to raise their offspring, Mutt. I don’t think four was that great a film. It had a rather odd cautionary message:

“Better be careful because too much knowledge will make your head explode.”

And yet another villain from a totalitarian regime bites the dust, this one because she just had to know everything. Not quite the message I like to see in an age when too many people think Russia’s invasion of Georgia was the new burning of Atlanta.

Of course I’m kidding. Indiana Jones has never been about messages, but about the thrill ride that was once the Saturday morning serials, way, way back in the day before iPods and Wii.

So, where will they go with a seventy year old Indiana Jones? Will he have grandchildren? Will he become the new Auntie Mame taking his little grandson, Wee Indy on a great adventure? Or will Wee Indy be a she?

“Damn it Marion, the girl packed herself in my suitcase!”

So, tell me, do you want to see Indiana Jones hit the big screen for one last big adventure? Or should Ford play the role until he’s in the Old Actor’s Home? And what should Indy’s next adventure be?

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