Ever since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull failed to please fans and critics (though it did extremely well at the box office), news on an Indiana Jones 5 has been hard to come by. Nothing concrete has really emerged but at a recent press day for his new film, Paranoia, Harrison Ford told reporters that he thinks it’s “perfectly appropriate” for Indiana Jones to make a return.
Here’s what the actor said:
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.
At age 71, I think Ford is at least on the right track here, with his opinions about having the character come back but without all the ass kicking. If they do indeed make an Indiana Jones 5, then it will be at least a couple of years before the film starts shooting, meaning that Ford will be well into his seventies and thus, will probably be incapable of handling some of the heavier action scenes that previous films have included.
Like Ford says though, the character is also known for his wit, courage and intelligence, not just his heroics, so perhaps if they can bring Indy back, and leave the action to someone else, then an Indiana Jones 5 may be a good idea.
Still, it’s hard to wipe the bitter taste from our mouths that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left and if somehow an Indiana Jones 5 gets greenlit, then Lucas, Spielberg, Ford and everyone else involved will have to be very careful with how they put the film together. Crystal Skull was the first nail in the coffin, one more dud for Indy and I think that fans will be done with the franchise for good.