If Indiana Jones 5 ever comes to pass, it will likely be the last time Harrison Ford ever picks up the hat and whip. But the manner of that exit is important and sources tell Showbiz Spy that “Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next one.” That would also involve bringing back Shia LaBeouf, who publicly admitted that he didn’t think much of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Showbiz Spy’s sources also say that while producer George Lucas is resistant to the idea, Steven Spielberg is considering it. While I would like to say that I’m okay with killing off Indy as long as it’s done with dignity, Crystal Skull indicated that “dignity” really has no place in the future of this franchise. Indiana Jones will most likely die while strapped to a rocket that’s being shot into the moon.
Of course, you can file this one under “rumor” for right now, but I’m sure Ford can’t wait to be asked about it eight billion times if/when he does press for Cowboys & Aliens, which opens July 29, 2011. [Update: Speaking to The Huffington Post, representatives for Ford deny Showbiz Spy’s story and say that reports of the actor wanting to kill off the character are false]