News on the next Indiana Jones
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the best action-adventure films of all time, and the franchise ended on a high with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The second entry Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, while the weakest of the three, was still a lot of fun, and the burning heart scene still gets me to this day.
Then George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford decided to make Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Like Star Wars before it, it seems that Lucas is wonderful with concepts, but should not be allowed anywhere near executing them.
Fortunately, it seems that he isn’t part of the upcoming Indiana Jones 5. Speaking with Collider writer David Koepp was asked if Lucas was involved with the upcoming film and responded:
“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”
Koepp went on to elaborate how they’re approaching the next film saying:
“I think that what [Indy] looks for and when he looks for it dictates what the movie’s gonna be. So the selection of the MacGuffin is everything. I think Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, being set in 1957 there was a conscious desire to say, ‘Much like two of the other ones were World War II movies set in the 30s and early 40s, this is ’57 so a lot of our influences are gonna be science-fiction movies.’ You got that with the original [script], Jeb Stuart took the first shot at it with Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars. That was a really conscious decision that dictated a lot about what the story would be and what the movie would be like, and I think that was followed through on really nicely. I thought Steve did a really good job with that.
“I don’t know that the idea was most suited to an Indiana Jones movie, but that was what we did. So we tried to be very careful with the selection of the MacGuffin and the eras to give ourselves as much latitude to make the best kind of Indiana Jones movie that we most want to see. Learning how that’s the importance of the choice of the MacGuffin is a big deal.”
Considering the film will be set in the 60s, I can’t help but get the works of Ray Harryhausen stuck in my head, which mixed with Indiana Jones makes me incredibly excited. As to what the next movie will be about, Koepp will only reveal:
“I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end (laughs). Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.
“[…] I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.”
Whatever the McGuffin is ,I’m glad that it will be more mystical in nature rather than science-fiction.
Indiana Jones 5 will premiere on July 19, 2019.