There's always the lost continent.
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Phew. Some might remember Lucas' hints that he wanted LaBeouf's character Mutt to take the lead in a sequel to the forth film:
I recall he was waiting on fan reaction to see how Mutt fared."I have an idea to make Shia the lead character next time and have Harrison come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie."
One welcome U-turn later:
Harrison Ford is the "Indiana Jones" franchise and continuing with Mutt as lead would be "Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis or something."
Not that I hated Mutt, but I realised that deep down, if it shifted to Mutt's franchise with Indy as a cameo/secondary role, I couldn't watch it. The forth would be my last."The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea..
.. And that series is very research intensive... so we're doing research now to see if we can't come up with another object for him to chase... hopefully we'll come up with something."
I just wish Lucas wouldn't put the burden of finding a "good idea" on his shoulders. He doesn't seem to be a fountain of them, having clutched onto the Crystal Skull for the best part of a decade - and that seemed to be a push for him (one that neither his director or lead were happy with either).
Honestly Mr Lucas, there are hundreds of writers who could get through any writers block you have in quests. Maybe it would be good to let someone else conceptualize no.5 and simply play showrunner!
Source: BBC NEWS
There's always the lost continent.
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I never expected such a thing anyway. That was just fanboys getting their panties in a twist at the crazed idea that Shia would actually be playing Indiana Jones in future films. Like Lucas said, any possible film starring Shia would feature him as Mutt, not Indiana.
He could be Indiana Williams!
Maybe they could adapt the story from the old point and click Atlantis story...then again that one featured Nazis.
Maybe send Indy to the north for some Scandinavian artifact?
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"You murdered your own alter ego? Sounds socially awkward."
It might've been hard cracking that whip with a severed pinky anyway.
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Its kind of ironic that indy's son is named "mutt" considering that in the last crusade we found out that the "indiana" name was taken from the jones family dog.
I can just imagine what they could have come up with if Mutt had taken over...
'Raiders of the Betty Ford Clinic"
"Mutt Williams & The DUI of Doom"
"Mutt Williams & The Last Crusade to the Liquor Store"
"Mutt Williams & The Kingdom of the Silver Bullet"
Want to hear an animal walks into a bar joke?
I don't know what panty twisting there was at Raiders.net or wherever about the idea of Shia playing Indiana, but my concern - as I think others - was on Lucas' press release that Mutt would lead the next film, not Indy.
What Lucas is stressing here is that Indy IS the franchise, and to have Mutt taking lead would not work given Mutt's motivations aren't like his dads (hence the U-Turn).
Guess Indy is doomed then. Seriously, between this and the new Clone Wars film, it seems like Lucas is desperate to wring every last penny out of franchises that have really run their course.The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea...
Here's what we have to look forward to:
Indiana Jones and the Enlarged Prostate.
Indiana Jones: The Golden Years
Raiders of the Lost Retirement
When you get to the point where the leading man's stunt double has more screen time than he has, it's time to end the franchise. Give it a rest, George. Retirement wouldn't kill you, either.
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By the sounds of it, poor rumblings from the reviews and feedback for IV might have convinced him that it was a stupid idea. Either that or he was looking to stir up some interest. Quite frankly, given how the Star Wars franchise seems to be stuck in Clone Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if this was a hope that he could extend the franchise into a spin-off franchise, but realised the audience weren't too hot for it. I wouldn't be surprised if Mutt featured fairly low in what gave people the kick from IV - and Indy himself proving to be the singular pull from the consumer.
Damn right too.
Absolutely - though to finish of my credibility and use another Star Trek reference (I don't know why I'm slaying myself with that franchise), they need to accept Indy's age a little more into the next film - not just a few glib one liners.Harrison Ford did a lot of his own stuff in Crystal Skull, proving he's still more than capable of keeping the character alive.
After all, what made Indy so refreshing against the Bond franchise that carries certain similarities, was Indy's vulnerability - and surely an old man in fights that he looks hard pushed to win because he's getting old is really a new and refreshing way to mix up the action tension. So yes, I think Indy has more going in the franchise - it just needs Lucas to let some others help on the plot and accept this is one series of stories his own creativity might have run dry upon.
Not it will most likely do any good, but I encourage any interested parties to sign this petition.
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