Here’s a rumor to get your weekend started off on a good note. Last month, we reported that Disney is eyeing Chris Pratt to fill the iconic role of the swashbuckling archaeologist in an Indiana Jones reboot and now Deadline has caught word that if the script is good enough, Steven Spielberg wants to return to the franchise in the director’s chair.
This is all in very early stages, and should be taken with many grains of salt, but it’s an exciting prospect. I’m pro-Pratt for the part, and I’d also be thrilled to see Spielberg back at the helm for a new Indiana Jones franchise. Of course, as we learned with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Spielbergs involvement doesn’t guarantee a good movie. But hey, every filmmaker has a miss here or there, especially someone with as many hits as Spielberg, and there’s just no denying that he’s one of the best filmmakers of all time, particularly in the action-adventure genre. So yeah, if he wants to come back on board, I’m going to give the guy the benefit of the doubt.
Earlier today, we learned that Spielberg is considering squeezing a film adaptation of the non-fiction book Thank You For Your Service, about PTSD in military vets, before moving into production on the Roald Dahl adaptation The BFG this spring/summer. It’s definitely unusual for him to make so many film’s in such close succession, but if Spielberg’s in a movie-making mood, that’s just generally good news.
None of this is likely to conflict with Indiana Jones if he chooses to take on the project as the reboot is still very early in pre-production with the script still in progress.
What do you think? Are you excited by the prospect of another Spielberg-directed Indiana Jones film? Sound off in the comments.