With the the planning of the next series of Star Wars movies, and preparation for next years Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney have had their hands tied at the moment. However, Disney chief, Bob Iger, has revealed that they want to revisit another franchise; stating that they want to make another Indiana Jones movie, but they are pacing themselves with the release of the Star Wars franchise first. The last film, Indiana Jones and the Kindgom of the Crystal Skull performed well at the Box Office, but was widely scathed by critics and fans respectfully – with many lamenting George Lucas’s part in introducing the extraterrestrial element into the film and heavily influencing the ending (Director Stephen Speilberg had to be talked into the extraterrestrial concept, which had no business being part of the Indiana Jones mythology).
Iger took some time out to speak with Variety, and told reporter Marc Graser that “we figured that [Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull] might be the end of jones. We were wrong.” Graser also live tweeted some of of best parts of the interview including this snippet:
Starting with next years December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars film consecutively, every year (busy times ahead). But, they are also thinking of the best way to reignite the Indiana Jones franchise. Whether they are rebooting the franchise is another question altogether, but the information provided by Iger suggests that may not necessarily be the case.
Given that is has been six years since the release of the last movie (2008), and also the fact that Ford ain’t getting any younger, it seems inevitable that Disney will go for a reboot or a passing-of-the-torch (…yawn), as; from a monetary perspective, it would make more sense if they want to get a good bit of milage out of it. So the options are: cast Ford in a new Indiana Jones adventure (keeping Lucas as far away from it as possible), so that he can bow out on a good note; have Ford appear in some sort of cameo- passing-of-the-torch fare, or reboot the franchise entirely for a new generation. Giving that Ford was in his mid-60s when he was last on the big screen playing the titular hero, Disney pacing itself, would probably result in Ford playing the part with a zimmerframe.
What do you think peeps? Should Disney recast the role of Indiana Jones for a new generation, or would you like to see Ford have another shot so he can bow out on a high note?