After the swinging monkeys, giant ants and nuclear-resistant fridges of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, most right-thinking cinemagoers thought the franchise had been killed stone dead.
Fans are calling for the aging Harrison Ford to hang up the bullwhip, and for George Lucas to have a long think about what he’s done.
Surprisingly rumours surrounding a potential fifth installment have refused to go away, with Ford having indicated a willingness to do it and vaguely positive murmurs emerging from Spielberg’s camp. However, producer Frank Marshall has been talking about the possibility, and from what he has to say, a fifth film isn’t sounding likely.
“I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah,” says Marshall. “I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin.” Last we’d heard was that Spielberg and Lucas were working on a “gem of an idea”, but apparently that hasn’t developed into a fully blown script.”
An additional roadblock would appear to be Lucas stepping down from Lucasfilm, with Marshall’s wife Kathleen Kennedy poised to take the reins. “Yeah, no he isn’t [hungry to do another Indiana Jones]”, says Marshall, “and he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife.”
Indy 5 may not be looking good.