Following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, we began hearing rumors of plans for Indiana Jones 5. Those rumors were followed by more rumors suggesting that Disney was eyeing Chris Pratt to replace Harrison Ford as the new face of the franchise. Pratt eventually denied those rumors, while Lucasfilm said they are planning a sequel — they just don’t know when they’ll pull it together. And now even more rumors have emerged, suggesting that Disney is reportedly eyeing a 2018 release date.
Ever since his breakout success in Guardians of the Galaxy, everybody wanted Chris Pratt for everything. The one-time Parks and Rec supporting player was suddenly being offered almost every leading man role in Hollywood. He signed on to star in Jurassic World, and in just a few short months he was rumored to be attached to both Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters reboots. Pratt has addressed those two rumors saying he knows nothing about either one.
Just when you thought Disney wasn’t milking its ownership of Lucasfilm for all that it’s worth, the corporation that owns everything you love turns around and reveals an Indiana Jones themed restaurant opening this fall at Walt Disney World. And while this is undoubtedly a canny way to squeeze additional dollars out of visiting nerds, the surprisingly subtle theming is going to make any fan of the original movies grin.
When the rumors began to spread that Lucasfilm wanted Chris Pratt to star in a new Indiana Jones reboot, many “insiders” tried to refute those claims by saying an Indiana Jones reboot would never happen. But now, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that a new Indiana Jones movie is on the way, saying it “will one day be made” at Disney.
It’s a common complaint about modern movies: Between 3D and extensive computer special effects, they all start to look like theme park rides. And while that’s a subjective value judgment, the opposite is increasingly and objectively true; with each passing year, more and more theme park rides start to look like movies.
There’s a running joke in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that Indy took his nickname from the family dog. That joke has some truth to it though because as George Lucas was developing Raiders of the Lost Ark, he actually named the character after his dog, Jones (the “Indiana” was a riff on Steve McQueen character Nevada Smith). Coincidentally, the same dog was the inspiration for Chewbacca in Star Wars. Need more Raiders of the Lost Ark facts? Throw us the idol and we’ll throw you the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Movies are often compared to dreams. If that’s true, then filmmakers are dreamers. When Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos were kids, they dreamed of making movies, so they spent most of their childhood summers in Mississippi making a shot-for shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The project eventually consumed seven years of their lives and nearly destroyed their friendship, but in the end, Zala and Strompolos completed their film, which they called Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.
Rumors have been circulating for a while that Disney wants Chris Pratt to star in a reboot of Indiana Jones. Then there was the report from late last week: Steven Spielberg is interested in returning to the franchise to direct Pratt in the reboot — well, you know, as long as there’s a good script. Last time Pratt was asked about the rumors, he didn’t have much to say, but on the red carpet at last night’s Oscars he was a bit more talkative about the possibility of starring in the franchise.
Not long ago, it was reported that Disney was eyeing Chris Pratt to headline an Indiana Jones reboot, and while that was certainly some exciting news (even if Pratt is a fairly predictable choice), there wasn’t really much else to it. Now comes word that original Indy director Steven Spielberg is interested in directing the reboot with Pratt attached — seems like we aren’t the only fans of Pratt.
Back when Disney paid $3 billion to purchase Lucasfilm, most focused on what they could and would do with the 'Star Wars' franchise. But, let's not forget about that other big Lucasfilm franchise: Indiana Jones. If Disney's dropping stacks on stacks for Lucasfilm, you better believe they're going to want their money's worth, and that includes a new series of Indiana Jones movies. Case in point: Disney has reportedly ready to focus on a reboot of the popular character and want 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Chris Pratt to take over the whip from Harrison Ford.