If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Yesterday, the entire Indiana Jones franchise hit Blu-ray for the first time. Today it's being reported that 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' star Karen Allen made some comments relating to the status of a potential fifth movie. Apparently worried that she would say the wrong thing during the press campaign for the Blu-ray set, Karen sought guidance from Steven Spielberg as to where the proposed next sequel was in the development process. During a recent interview, here's what Allen had to say when presented with the question as to whether she would do another Indiana Jones film...
"I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently—we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, 'What should I say? I'm doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?' And he said, 'It's in George's [Lucas] hands! I'm game, Harrison's game, and now it's up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.' And so I think it's—they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don't want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes."
As much as I love Indiana Jones, a character that was so vital to my movie geek education, I, like many of you, am not jazzed about the idea of 'Indy 5.' If I may beat a dead horse for a moment, 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' was an absolute abomination that I would rather forget exists than accept as part of Indiana Jones canon. It definitely soured me on the idea of ever anticipating another cash-grabby fifth installment. If Spielberg and George Lucas are absolutely hell-bent on doing another film in this franchise, meaning there's nothing we can do to stop them, I guess I'm glad to hear a little more care is being taken to write a better script...or at least one that everybody is happy with. The script is really the biggest issue with 'KotCS,' but it was certainly not the only issue. Even if they bring in the best screenwriter in the biz, Harrison Fordis unfortunately just beyond the appropriate age to keep this thing going. I love seeing Indy's adventures, but at this point, it's time to hang up the whip.
What do you guys think? Do Allen's comments make you think we're any closer to 'Indy 5?'Anybody want to make a case for why they should do another?