Indiana Jones 5: what's next for the series?

Indiana Jones 5: what's next for the series?

Indiana Jones 5

Instead of locking up the Indiana Jones rights in a secret bunker like a potentially dangerous artifact after the next movie is released, I'm sure Disney will try to reboot the series again. Depending on how the fifth part is received by the audience, these plans could be put on hold for the time being or finalized just a few months after the release. Either way, we can safely assume that Indiana Jones 5 won't be the last adventure to bear the name of the world's most famous archaeologist. The only question is in what form and with which actor in the lead role.

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1 Who will wear their hat in the future? 2 "Bureaucratic idiots. They do not even know what they have there" 3 Whipping the right way forward In all films, Harrison Ford has played this role and it is difficult to imagine anyone other than the charismatic film star.

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Who will wear their hat in the future?

Of course, that doesn't mean that no one can ever follow in his footsteps, but it does make choosing the right successor a lot more difficult. You might be better advised to interpret the character completely differently for a reboot in order to avoid a direct comparison of the actors. A parallel to Bond is that here, too, a woman would be possible as a successor. The very same Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also co-wrote the Bond script, is already on board as the female lead in Indy 5. Of course, it could also be that Waller-Bridge is playing the villain or that her appearance is actually limited to just one film and the rumors are not true at all.

I would at least be curious about Waller-Bridge's interpretation, too when a large part of me is hoping that she will never be pegged onto such a large franchise and instead continue to pursue her self-written, original projects. Often suggested heirs, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, and Karl Urban are all solid actors too, but I associate each of them with a certain kind of performance that doesn't really fit Indy. Pratt is an incredibly talented entertainer with excellent timing and the necessary physique. However, I miss the reserve and gravitas that Ford exudes. I think Cooper is simply not rough and angular enough. The same goes for Evans. And I prefer to see Karl Urban in roles on which he can put his own personal stamp on. Even so, with almost all of the options I would be curious about the film and definitely open to radical reorientation. In the end, for me it is not necessarily the person who stands in front of the camera, with whom a reboot stands or falls.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. Source: Amazon For me, the central element that made up the first three Indy films is the direction of Steven Spielberg. Already in part four we could see what happens when the old master cuts back his creative input and largely leaves the field to someone else, in this case partner George Lucas. Not that Lucas' contribution to the franchise is insignificant, but Spielberg knew better than anyone in the 80s how good, hand-made blockbuster cinema works. Apart from the total failure of Ready Player One, his output today leaves me in no doubt that he still has this knowledge. Spielberg has turned its back on the franchise, however.

And the people who have been dubbed "the new Spielberg" in the past, namely M. Night Shyamalan and J.J. Abrams, have never managed to match its constancy or quality. Shyamalan has already put a promising franchise on the wall with The Last Airbender and Abrams has been giving Star Wars fans and Trekkies a common enemy since 2009. But if he wanted, he could certainly be the director. He constantly banked, happy to shoot and change his films at the request of the producers, and at Disney he has a good connection with the management. In other words: It's not exactly what Lucas and Spielberg were in their early days: rebels with their own idea of ​​how cinema should look, sound and feel.

"Bureaucratic idiots. They even know not what they have "

The biggest problem that the constant reboots, remakes, new adaptations and sequels that are produced nowadays bring with them almost always arises for me in the conception phase. Nowadays filmmakers rarely approach a studio with a clear vision for a film on an existing IP. Most of the time the game is the other way around. The studio has the rights, does not want to lose them, and is commissioning a new offshoot of a franchise. Several scripts are requested and then someone is sought to take a seat in the director's chair.

While Peter Jackson fought for years to be able to realize an adaptation of King Kong, the new films are with the monster monkey no projects of the heart, but primarily commissioned work. That is why they are not devoid of personal flair. With direction and script, however, there is only as much freedom as the studio feels it makes sense. It is not uncommon for a film to lose its creative direction in the middle of a concern from the studio. This is what happened with Ant-Man or Solo: A Star Wars Story.

So there is no initial spark, this creative force, the urge to penetrate the treasury and really usurp a franchise. In short: Reboots and sequels arise from lack of ideas when they should instead arise from an idea. That's why Mad Max 4, Creed, King Kong (2005) and T2 - Trainspotting have a soul. And not Star Wars 9 or the reboots of RoboCop, Total Recall and The Grudge. As a rule of thumb, I don't want to sell this theory, there are demonstrably films in which hired scriptwriters and directors have left their mark on a project. Still, it should be clear that a franchise that's so iconic and dear to so many people needs someone who is passionate and has a really clear picture of what adventures Indiana Jones should have in the future. Solo: A Star Wars Story has directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord replaced by Ron Howard while filming. Source: Disney

Whip the right way forward

I would really like to see a classic cartoon series about the adventures of Indiana Jones instead of a new movie. Like DuckTales, only with people instead of ducks. It's not the most original thing in the world either, but it would at least make the question of the casting easier, as you are not tied to a certain look. In addition, the films were inspired by series of dime novels with many offshoots. So every adventure doesn't have to be a bombastic movie, the main thing is that we visit many mysterious places around the world, Nazis get pissed off and the soundtrack gets in your ears.

I don't seem to be the only one either who already had this thought. An impressive fan trailer can be found on Youtube, which brings the adventures of Indiana Jones to life to date in an animated form:

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For a classic cinema reboot, I would like down-to-earth action, a script that is not crammed with flat jokes and thousands of references to the original trilogy and a completed story that does not teaser five possible sequels. As far as I'm concerned, the adventure can take place today or classically in the 1930s. The main thing is not to make the mistake of making Indy a cool Youtuber or TikTok star or a comparable perversion. A certain timelessness should be strived for in any case. After all, the original films are absolute classics. They belong in a museum!

What do you think? Are you looking forward to Indiana Jones 5? Or should the franchise just be buried? Who would you like to see as the new Indy?

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