Let’s all try to process this together. After the overwhelming monstrosity that was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford freely admitted out of his own volition to the Telegraph recently that he thinks making a fifth Indy film could be a neat idea. Though he didn’t give a definite “yes” to the hypothetical film, he had this to say:
“We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”
But what’s Indiana Jones without the action? Someone has to fight the Nazis. Plus, Crystal Skull was jam-packed with action, and it was terrible. For those who don’t recall, it included Indy surviving an atomic bomb blast by climbing inside an old refrigerator, an alien’s eyes setting on fire (there were aliens) and perhaps most offensively, Shia Labeouf. Granted, it’s understandable that Ford would advocate a more leisurely venture for his character; at 71 years old, it can’t be easy to pull the same stunts. But it’s not as if he’s some wilted flower in his old age; the man has also signed on for an ass-kicking role in The Expendables 3, which may say more about his mental state than anything, really.
So there are a couple different directions where this could actually go. There had been talk for some time that Labeouf, as Indy’s son, would take up the whip and fedora and continue the series from there. Luckily, everyone in their right mind threw a hissy fit because – ew, that character – and the plan was scrapped. But perhaps, somewhere down the line a reboot might work if the world is truly insatiable for more Indiana Jones? Maybe call it The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and have it be a prequel about the legendary archaeologist/badass in his youth. Quick, someone call Spielberg.