Remember when Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back? You probably do; after all, it has resulted in the massively successful relaunching of Star Wars, including The Force Awakens, Rebels, and the upcoming Rogue One. But Disney didn’t just acquire a galaxy far, far away when they bought Lucasfilm. They also acquired one much closer to home—a world of nazi punching, tomb raiding, pistol slinging, and whip cracking; a world where magic is real, adventure is alive, and anything worthwhile “belongs in a museum”. I mean, of course, Indiana Jones. Now it seems Disney is looking to continue the success they’ve had with Lucasfilm properties, and ‘Indy’ is up to bat.
During Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, a special panel titled Lucasfilm: The Art of Storytelling was held by key members of Lucasfilm and ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), who spoke in length about the ideals of Lucasfilm, the transition to Disney, and how the fans had an impact on the storytelling. One of the panelists, Lynwen Brennan, spoke on the topic of the ever-expanding Star Wars universe via multiple mediums.
“[Kiri Hart] and her group have mapped out a story and timeline across multiple platforms many years in advance, many EXHAUSTING years in advance. … We have a great honor to have responsibility for, so we want to be really careful with that. Not only for Star Wars but with Indiana Jones, which we’re all really excited about as well.”
That’s right, you read that correctly. Apparently Kiri Hart, Vice President of Development at Lucasfilm, has already made plans with the other madmen at Lucasfilm to expand on Indiana Jones. We had already been expecting a fifth movie at some point within the next few years, but now (based on the aforementioned) we can also possibly expect novels, and very likely other forms of supplemental canon such as video games—but perhaps, and most importantly—we may get some comic books.
As you’re probably aware, Disney currently owns Marvel Comics, and you’re also probably aware (though maybe less likely) that Marvel is currently producing a plethora of excellent Star Wars comic books, including the titular Star Wars and critically acclaimed Darth Vader series. Being that Marvel is doing more than justice to Luke and friends, a run based on Indy is more than appealing. There’s also the possibility of a TV series, though perhaps less so due to the fact The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles already ran for a season in 1992, and is considered in-canon due to its’ mention in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Regardless, the prospect of more adventures with Professor Jones is always exciting, and we’re cracking our whips at the ready for more news when it becomes available.