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.
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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.
Disney has been rather busy as the studio prepares to launch the next series of ‘Star Wars’ films. But there’s another beloved franchise starring Harrison Ford that they’re still keeping in mind: ‘Indiana Jones,’ of course. The last new ‘Indiana Jones’ film was released in 2008, and given the underwhelming critical response to ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ we figured that might be the end of Jones. We were wrong.
We've heard from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller that there were licensed characters they tried to get into 'The LEGO Movie' alongside Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Michelangelo, Gandalf and some of the other cameos, but up until know, we haven't heard which characters didn't make the cut. Today, we get a much better look at which characters Lord and Miller had hoped would join Emmet and Wyldstyle on their adventure (and which ones could still show up for the sequel). SPOILERS AHEAD for those who still haven't seen 'The LEGO Movie'!