Will we ever see 'Indiana Jones 4'?

95223__indiana_l_1What are Indiana Jones fans to make of this? It’s George Lucas, talking to Empire Magazine about the long-awaited (bordering on quasi-mythical) Indiana Jones 4: "We’re basically going to do The Phantom Menace … “

Holy Grail! Imagine what that might mean! Kid-Indy, youthful midichlorians raging, enters a big whip competition! Sallah delivers massively elliptical speeches about destiny! Indy falling in with a prat-falling Nazi officer named Gestapo Binks (Ahmed Best)! But wait, wait, don’t seethe yourself into a coma just yet, Joe Indy-fan, there’s more:

“We’re basically going to do The Phantom Menace … People’s expectations are way higher than you can deliver. You could just get killed for the whole thing… We would do it for fun and just take the hit with the critics and the fans… But nobody wants to get into it unless they are really happy with it."

OK, you could take this one of two ways: Either it’s a bold, damn-the-torpedoes approach to the pure fun of the Indy franchise… or it’s a man who’s been so richly rewarded for sucking, he’s decided sucking ain’t  so bad.

Let’s go tentatively with the former, and parse some of George’s other comments. He cites a creative disagreement as one cause of Indy 4’s long delay. Apparently, George’s idea for a new quest objective — the Ark in Raiders, the Grail in Last Crusade, the, uh, Short Round in Temple (what was the goal there again? Those glowy egg things?) — wasn’t a hit with Spielberg or Harrison Ford. Seems like the difference of opinion on this “area of the supernatural” was enough to derail the project for years.

Two questions, PopWatchers: What’s your favorite McGuffin? The briefcase in Kiss Me Deadly? The briefcase in Pulp Fiction? The briefcase in any of those other get-the-briefcase movies?

More intriguingly, I ask you this: What potentially radioactive “area of the supernatural” do you think George is talking about? The sacred black stone (possibly a meteorite) in the Kaaba of Mecca? Yeah, we might not want Indy to go poking around that particular religious relic at the particular moment.

Or, much more likely, it’s a vintage L. Ron Hubbard-shaped paperweight kept in a vault on the 13th floor of the Scientology Celebrity Center. But I could be completely wrong: Maybe Indy’s after Madonnah’s Kabbalah bracelet. (Hint: Only the penitent man shall pass.)

So let the speculation begin. It’s all we have for now. But maybe someday, we’ll know if George chose wisely, or… poorly.

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  • JAMES

    Well from the looks of the star wars movies (episodes 1-3) I’m glad spielberg and ford stopped the script. George needs to take a bread and just let spielberg take over anyway, or give it to peter jackson.

  • leo J. Nignalad

    Best McGuffin: the Rocket pack in the Rocketeer. I dare you to watch that film, it is really good after all these years and it’s MORE Indiana jones then the new one will be.

  • Christopher

    Favorite McGuffin: the briefcase in Repo Man!

  • EP Sato

    Christopher, you took the words right out of my mouth! The Pulp Fiction briefcase was an homage to Repo Man. If you read the commentary on the Pulp Fiction DVD, there’s a quote from Tarrantino about it.
    As for Indy 4, why bother? The idea sounded solid wayyy back in 1991, but now Harrison Ford’s seven years older than when he was old enough to play the president. He’s so old, the man’s old enough to be an X-President. I mean, dude, an action star old enough to be retired? Why doesn’t Eon just make Roger Moore the NEW James Bond to keep up with the Jones’s?

  • dma69

    Please, no Indy 4. Isn’t it bad enough that ANOTHER Rocky movie is coming out? Let Indy sail into the sunset while the character still has his dignity.

  • daisyj

    Don’t forget the briefcase in Ronin– a classic briefcase movie.

  • cj

    LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE FOR PETE’S SAKE!

  • Jess B.

    I adore Indy. In fact, I have a huge crush on Indy, and I’m not afraid to admit it. But a sequel? No, please, no. We’ve already seen what Lucas does his “classics,” and the results ain’t too pretty (although Episode III was decent).
    MAYBE if Ford and Spielberg are happily on board, it might be okay. But that’s a big “maybe.” Please, guys, think of my undying love for Indy! Don’t ruin it for me!

  • Auriana

    I get giddy at the thought of a new entry to the movies that inspired my career choice. I’m quite curious as to what was so “offending” that they need to work around it.

  • mike

    Considering the age of the star, the only thing to go in search for is the Fountain of Youth.
    But, really there does not have to be a four. Just keep Lucas out of it.

  • Kristina

    Raiders and Last Crusade are my favorite movies ever, and despite Lucas’s former genius, the man is obviously insane. He should not touch Indy ever again. He should have learned the first time. But hey James, great idea to give it to Peter Jackson!

  • ceej

    What happened to Nathan Fillion as a young indy? HFord should pass the hat and whip…

  • T.L.

    Lucas should be kept away from any screenplay — Indy or otherwise. But Spielberg hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders lately, when it comes to his popcorn movies (i.e. the D.O.A. War of the Worlds). As far as Peter Jackson goes (and I realize it wasn’t a truly serious suggestion), I have to say that his handling of the action and characters on Skull Island in King Kong left a lot to be desired. Who IS the best popcorn director these days, anyway? Not Gore Verbinski. Bryan Singer…?

  • Judy D

    I totally agree – LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE!!! At this point, Harrison Ford would have to play grandfather to Henry (Indy) Jones, IV.

  • Tom

    Nathan Fillion would be a great Indy. He’s got a great sense of humour, and he’s handsome and athletic. Time for a new Indy.

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