Indiana Jones V on the way?
Well of course it is, but the important thing behind this story is what kind of Indiana Jones is on the way and who is in charge? Is it going to be George Lucas or Steven Spielberg? For the last Indiana Jones we saw had half a film from each, and the disdain for Lucas' film was very audible while the Spielberg side was received much better.
What we really wants is a Spielberg led Jones, but will we get 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."
That worried me, aliens, too much CG and silly animal scenes ruined Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Filmstalker Review) for me, and I'm not even going to mention the fridge, oh I just did, so ideas from Lucas are worrying. However we have to realise that away from the camera he can come up with some strong ideas, especially in partnership.
Steven Spielberg is the man that seems to bring Indy to life for us, he's the one that wants it to remain like the original films, and rightly so, and that's how we want to see him.
My hope is that a fifth Indiana Jones film is going to do one thing, repair the wrongs that were created in the previous.
Back in September Ford revealed that plans were moving forward for a fifth film and that things were different to the previous development phase. While Lucas and Spielberg went back and forth with the idea time and time again, now they had decided quickly and a script was being written...by Lucas.
Ford said at the time:
"Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are 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."
Now we're hearing the same thing through Shia LaBeouf, maybe he's just a few months late to the party. The Playlist remind us that back in June he told the BBC that they had the story sorted for the film, bit late compared to Ford, and now Showbiz Spy have the story that LaBeouf is saying they are writing the script now, again Ford was a little quicker off the mark.
There's more to this though, he revealed that Spielberg pitched the idea to LaBeouf:
"I got called into Steven's office and he pitched a little bit to me and it sounds crazy, it sounds really cool."
Okay so there's one thing clear from that, LaBeouf will be back so that means the Mutt character is in there, not such hot news although I think they can make that character work, the good news is that Spielberg was selling the story to him, so perhaps we're getting Spielberg's original Indy and not the Hollywood cliché and CG filled version from the previous film?