Harrison Ford told the BBC that there is now an official idea for the plot to Indiana Jones 5.
“Steven [Spielberg] and George [Lucas] and I are sort of agreed on a germ of an idea and we’re seeing what comes of it,” the star said.
What does this mean? Well, first things first, it means our nightmares have come true. An unnecessary follow up to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is imminent. But it could take a while.
“The process works like this,” Ford continued. “We come to some basic agreement and then George goes away for a long time and works on it. Then Steven and I get it in some form, some embryonic form. Then if we like it, we start working with George on it and at some point down the line it’s ready and we do it.”
Hit the jump to read where this statement puts us, production hurdles for the filmmakers and more.
So, basically, if this was a decade ago, and we were talking about Crystal Skull, the producer, director and star have just settled on the idea “Aliens in the 1950s.” Co-star Shia LaBeouf said something similar about the 5th film a few months ago but it carries decidedly more weight when the man himself says it.
However, even if there was a full script ready, Indiana Jones 5 would still have a bunch of hurdles to go. George Lucas is currently in the middle of reshoots on Red Tails, and Steven Spielberg has a number of projects in various stages of development including The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn which is scheduled for release in December 2011. So we’d have to wait until at least after that. Maybe someone will get some official word out of the iconic director while he’s promoting The Pacific.
No matter what happens, though, does anyone really want to see this happen? I find myself rewatching Crystal Skull every once in a while hoping – praying – that it was just a dream and that there’s a good movie in there. But it’s just not. To cleanse the palatte, I have to pop on Raiders. Then again, I have faith in Spielberg – not so much Lucas or Ford recently – and I’ll be there no matter what, even if it’s just for another epic disappointment.