It’s been more than two years since Disney acquired the rights to future “Indiana Jones” movies, but in that time there’s only been rumors — and lots of them — about the future of the blockbuster franchise.
However, now Vanity Fair reports that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed plans for another “Indiana Jones” film. Unfortunately for fans, she adds, “When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”
That may be a step up from comments made in December 2013 by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn about a potential fifth “Indiana Jones” movie: “We haven’t done anything. We don’t have a story. We need a story.” He added at the time that a sequel was “at least two to three years” away.
A rumor circulated last year that Disney might replace 72-year-old Harrison Ford with a younger star, only to be shot down by producer Frank Marshall. However, it resurfaced earlier this year, only this time with Chris Pratt pegged to headline a revived franchise. “Indiana Jones” fans seemed largely OK with that, while Pratt took the gossip in stride.
“I don’t think it’s overwhelming to contemplate,” he said in February. “It’d be cool. No one’s called me. Y’know, a lot of talk about it. The pressure would come just because it’s such a great franchise you wouldn’t want to get it wrong, so for me it would have to be perfect to do it. We’ll see, like I said it’s nothing until it’s something.”