Indiana Jones 5 is getting closer to becoming a reality, according to two recent news stories. Both stories quote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBeouf as having inside information from Stephen Spielberg on the topic. According to LaBeouf, Spielberg has “cracked the story” for Indiana Jones 5, basically confirming that the same team is ready to roll with the newest film in the series. This is in strong correlation to a statement that George Lucas made recently that he was on board with Indiana Jones 5 and wanted to bring back Shia LaBeouf as a lead character. Indiana Jones 5 appears to have all the green light it needs.
Indiana Jones 5 is thought to have Shia LaBeouf play a much bigger role than he did in Crystal Skull, and it is entirely possible that he takes over as the main character in the 5th film. Entertainment Weekly alluded to rumors that Shia LaBeouf would be the lead in Indiana Jones 5 and that Harrison Ford would slide into a role very similar to the one that Sean Connery has played before. It would be an interesting turn for the franchise, and could really bring the character of Indiana Jones full circle if it turns out to be true.
The main reason that Indiana Jones 5 is getting such a quick green light can be traced right to the box office figures, which totaled $786 million worldwide for Crystal Skull. The movie didn’t receive very good reviews from critics or fans, but the story of Indiana Jones was still strong enough to draw viewers who were interesting in seeing the next chapter. Many fans of the franchise walked away upset with how the movie ended, and that frustration even led to an episode of South Park where the show creators went after Lucas and Spielberg.
One of the main questions has to be whether people will turn out to watch Indiana Jones 5 after being frustrated with the last film. Harrison Ford is still a bankable star as the character, and as Shia LaBeouf continues to pack in successful films to his resume, it seems like they will both draw audiences interested in seeing their performances. Maybe Lucas and Spielberg will take this opportunity to take a step back for a second, and while they can go ahead and write the story, maybe its time for a new and fresh flavor in the director’s chair. The question remains though; will you spend your money to go see another Indiana Jones movie?
Source: EW Announces Indiana Jones 5