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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008

There have been some mixed reactions regarding the recent news that Disney and Lucasfilms are reviving the Indiana Jones franchise that was previously presumed dead after the catastrophe that was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  While some are thrilled to have the chance for the franchise to be redeemed, others have their reservations.  Harrison Ford has been confirmed to star, and his age is, well, advanced.  How will they handle that?  He’ll be 77 when the Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019.  He might throw out his back cracking that whip!  There are also rumors that Chris Pratt is in talks to replace Ford and that he will be introduced in the upcoming film.  Those two strong characters could be too much for one movie.  If those concerns weren’t enough, add this one into the mix. (more…)


In just about 3 years, another film in the POTC franchise will take what it can–which, based on history, could be as much as a billion dollars worldwide–and give nothing back, except a reasonably entertaining two hours or so.

Perhaps solely to remind us that they STILL do things other than Star Wars and superheroes, Disney has decided to continue the lucrative franchise with a fifth installment tentatively subtitled “Dead Men Tell No Tales”.

As for who will make up this outing’s cast, we have no information as of yet–though all 4 installments have thus far starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa, so the return of one or both of them is more or less assured…..and frankly, I don’t see how you could even consider making a POTC film without Depp–but then, I didn’t think they could (or should) make one without Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley….More after the jump: (more…)

Disney is never one to give up the cash cows when it comes to their film projects and the seemingly endless series of Pirates of the Caribbean films is proof enough of that.  Even though they’ve been getting progressively worse, they still manage to sell some tickets and make the Sith Lord mouse a tidy profit.  And now, look out, cause here comes the fifth installment in the Pirates franchise!

They’ve just hired on Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal) to take the script to the next level, crafting a new draft from what Terry Rossio already put together.  Once the new script is nice and pretty, they’ll no doubt be looking to snatch up as many old cast members as they can.

And while Johnny Depp hasn’t officially signed anything yet, he’ll likely return once they show him the amount of zeros on his paycheck.  Everyone else, however, is another story.  No one knows for sure whether they want to do more Pirates or even if the new script would have room in there for them to return.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do the Nerdreaders think?  Let Pirates sink to the bottom of the ocean or keep making them until Depp begins to look like Keith Richards did in Pirates 3?


Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.