by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
A lot of people got excited earlier this year when it got rumored that Disney was going to reboot the Indiana Jones franchise and were looking at Chris Pratt to don the fedora and wield the whip. Pratt has proven himself these last few years as having spot-on comedic timing and a bad-ass presence as an action hero.
Unfortunately, Steven Spielberg just dashed those hopes, as he said that if and when he starts the fifth installment it will star Harrison Ford as Dr. Jones. When the director spoke with Screen Daily he explained why Ford will always be his choice for the globe-trotting adventurer:
I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.
Even though Spielberg is batting .750 for the franchise at the moment, the last thing people remember is the god-awful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. After that one, even the most ardent fan of Indiana Jones has to look at the facts and say that maybe the 73-year-old Harrison Ford should pass the torch (just not to Shia LeBeouf). But Spielberg says that he has more gas in the tank:
Because there are more adventures out there than films. So as long as there’s more adventures out there, I’ve got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done.
Even Harrison Ford got into the action while talking to The Guardian promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?
I’m honestly ok with them eventually re-casting the role. Disney didn’t buy the rights just to sit on them forever. I have no doubt there will be a fifth film starring Ford, but I can’t imagine there will be a sixth. When Ford is finally done with the character, Disney will probably get aggressive, perhaps like they have been with Star Wars. Ford was already seriously injured when he reprised the role of Han Solo for TFA. Just imagine what could happen when he’s asked to perform even more stunts in an Indiana Jones film.
Eventually this series will get rebooted and remade, but for now if there is going to be another Indiana Jones film and Steven Spielberg is behind the camera we know Harrison Ford will be in front of it.