There are few directors as iconic as Steven Spielberg, and it isn’t any wonder, given the resume of films that stand behind him: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hook, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan. Nearly everything he touches turns to gold. And with the fairly recent buyout of Lucasfilm by Disney, one would assume his Midas fingers would be capitalized upon. However, in a recent interview with Screen Daily that will be published Friday, December 4, Spielberg insisted that he will never replace Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones. While a fifth film in the Indy franchise has been announced, and Ford himself has stated he would not be against taking up the whip and fedora again, it is interesting, and a little distressing, to think of an Indiana Jones franchise without Indy himself.
In Spielberg’s interview, he says:
“I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy. It’s certainly not my intention to 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”.
Now, that is not to say the franchise won’t continue without Ford, because let’s face it, that lucky carpenter George Lucas snagged in the 70s is getting on in years. There is every possibility that a completely different character could be given a role within that universe. Probably not Mutt Williams, because his fans do not roll very deep, but more likely a currently unknown personality. Perhaps one played by Chris Pratt, whose star is shining very brightly, and who has been linked to the franchise.
There is also the possibility that the Indy we know and love might still continue, only in a different format. Spielberg stated, “There are more adventures out there than films. I’ve got a bullwhip, fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done”. While some have interpreted this as meaning more Indy films, it could also mean a reinvention of Indiana Jones. Perhaps Indiana Jones: the comic book (Disney also owns Marvel, you know), or the TV series, animated or otherwise. There are endless opportunities for the franchise to make money, and the fans to be happy. While Pratt or whomever takes over the big screen, the traditional Indy we all know and love could carry on in print and on the small screen. But who are we kidding? Harrison Ford is as timeless as Morgan Freeman, and probably just as immortal.
Source: Screen Daily