Lucas says Indy needs Ford
Okay, those who have been criticising me for, as they think, having an agenda against George Lucas, are about to get a surprise. George Lucas has done something right. He has publicly announced that Indiana Jones is not going to be handed over to another lead, Harrison Ford is still the man.
Superb news, and well done him for saying it. However I am still going to do have something a little negative to say.
“He is Indiana Jones…If Indiana Jones wasn't in it, you'd have to call it 'Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.'…Yeah, it's 'Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis.'”
Well that’s good news, because in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Filmstalker Review) it really did seem as though we were going to be handing the series over with all those son moments in it.
“The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea…And that series is very research-intensive. So we're doing research now to see if we can't come up with another object for him to chase ... hopefully we'll come up with something.”
Yeah, well keep the silly animal scenes out of it, concentrate on the old Indiana Jones, and recapture that glory. I would seriously suggest listening more to Steven Spielberg, he really does know what he’s talking about you know, just check his track record.
The only worrying thing for me is the fact that Lucas is talking about taking the franchise in a new direction, while Spielberg wanted to recapture the essence of Indy. Well I’m going with Spielberg on this one, and you can definitely feel the sections that are more Indy than the non-Indy sections – read nuclear fridge, animal scenes, leaping through the jungle, crazy alien section, and so on.
Meanwhile he talks about his plan to develop 3D versions of all the Star Wars films…
“We're trying to do that…We worked on some, with a company that was developing the technology a few years ago to convert films into 3-D, we worked with them. But the system works great. It's just not very practical. So what we've been working on since then is to develop a sort of practical way to do it. And we will get there. It's just a technological challenge.”
However the closing comment has me baffled, but does line up perfectly with what I’ve said about Lucas double, triple, quadruple, and onwards dipping with the Star Wars series of films:
“Like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I'll go out and adopt twins if they'll pay me $14 million to do it.”
Well I guess we all would, but some of us would love to see the Star Wars films, and even the universe, left alone and some new work coming, and by that I mean a new and faithful Indiana Jones and non-sequels or franchise films.