Chris Pratt is now Hollywood’s go-to guy when it comes to blockbusters. After appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, and the upcoming Jurassic World, the Parks and Recreation star is being touted as the new Indiana Jones.
And while any Indy reboot news is only rumor at this stage, Pratt was happy to talk about the speculation when asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the Oscar red carpet.
He said: “It’s all nothing until it’s something, and so far? It’s not something.”
Asked about the pressure of filling Harrison Ford’s shoes, Pratt said: “The pressure would come, because it’s such a great franchise, and you wouldn’t want to get it wrong. It would have to be perfect to do it, you know what I mean? So, we’ll see. But like I said, it’s nothing until it’s something.”
Disney has been unusually quiet about the Indiana Jones franchise, since they bought Lucasfilm for over $4 billion in 2012 and immediately greenlit Star Wars: Episode VII, and acquired the rights the iconic series. There were rumors that Disney was using a possible Indiana Jones 5, a character that Harrison Ford loves, to get the actor to return as Han Solo.
But in Hollywood when there is this much smoke – there must be a fire, and no star is burning brighter right now than Pratt.
The Jaws filmmaker directed the first four Indy films, which started with stone-cold classic Raider of the Lost Ark and finished with stone-cold turkey The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Maybe Spielberg wants to make up for that travesty?
The ill fated Crystal Skull sequel, which was produced by geek hate figure George Lucas, seemed to be filmed entirely on a sound stage, and had as much genuine adventure as a trip to a portable toilet at a music festival.
The fan consensus surrounding the Pratt rumor seems to be good – I think he is the perfect fit for the role.
Let’s hope we here some good news soon – stay tuned for more Indiana Jones 5 developments.