‘Indiana Jones 5’ Won’t Go the ‘James Bond’ Route According to Producer
Most fans of the Indiana Jones franchise downright hated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Personally, I really enjoyed the first half and then once we all witnessed Shia LaBeouf swinging from vines with monkeys, I can totally see where fans lost it.
But I think most rational fans can agree that the problem with Indy 4 didn’t have anything to do with Harrison Ford who was surprisingly still energetic and spry for being in his late sixties at the time.
Despite fanboys coming down hard on the film, Indy 4 was the most successful movie in the series thanks to nearly 20 years of anticipation and the idea of a fifth entry seemed like a forgone conclusion.
But it’s now been seven years since the release of Crystal Skull and Ford isn’t getting any younger. Based on that notion, the thought was that any future Indy movies would go the way of James Bond and re-cast the lead role once the actor was too old or bored with the role. Rumors of Bradley Cooper or Chris Pratt possibly taking the mantle have been mentioned.
But according to producer Frank Marshall, if there’s going to be an ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ it’s going to star Harrison Ford.
“There are a lot of rumors. We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down,” said Marshall to Total Film. “But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton [But we are] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.”
These comments are very noncommittal. They haven’t even talked about Indy 5 and Marshall doesn’t seem to have any idea of how to move the series forward. If that’s the line of thinking, they need to just re-cast the part.
It’s not like anyone will ever forget Ford’s performance once a new actor comes in. Sean Connery hasn’t played Bond for more than 30 years and the majority of fans still think of him when they think about Bond.
While promoting Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg said he plans to make another Indiana Jones with Ford, but his statement was a bit sarcastic because he was talking about making as many movies with Tom Hanks as Ford.
I really believe they will eventually just re-cast the part and Pratt seems to be an obvious replacement. What’s great about the Indiana Jones movies is that they have always been set in the past (WWII, specifically). Continuing the story with Ford moves the franchise into the ’60s and possibly ’70s and it just wouldn’t feel right. Jones is an iconic character for a specific time period in history and the only way to continue that continuity is to go younger.
‘Live by Night’ Begins Shooting
It’s been three years since the release of Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film Argo. Following the success of that film, Affleck was quick to put together his next directing project, Live by Night, which is based on Dennis Lehane’s novel.
The story takes place in Boston (Shocker) during the 1920s and focuses on the rise of one man who went from petty thief to the most successful rum runner in the region. Affleck is once again starring, co-writing, producing and directing with a supporting cast that will include Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Messina and Chris Cooper.
Affleck intended to make Live by Night soon after Argo in 2013, but two major acting roles prevented him from doing so. The first was a chance to work with David Fincher on Gone Girl. That ended up being the right choice to make as it was Affleck’s most successful film, in a starring role, in more than ten years.
The second delay on Night was so that Affleck could play the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. After nearly a year of filming, Affleck finally wrapped work on the highly-anticipated DC movie earlier this year making room for his next directing gig in Night.
Affleck tweeted a photo from the set of the film on Wednesday officially marking the first day of production. Affleck rebuilt his career when he went into directing and so far he’s 3 for 3 (Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo). As much as I’m looking forward to seeing him play the caped crusader (And he will for many years), it’s exciting to see he’s finally able to fit in his next passion project.
Warner Bros. has set Live by Night to be released in 2017, but if his last three films are any indication, we could see the movie next fall in time for Oscar season.
Tom Cruise May go to the Moon Before Returning to Mission Impossible
You may not agree with some of the things Tom Cruise does in his personal life, but you definitely can’t question the man’s work ethic. Despite being in his mid-50s, the actor hasn’t really taken any kind of a break from acting since the late ’90s and that was only because he was working with Stanley Kubrick who was a notorious perfectionist and went well over a year making Eyes Wide Shut.
In fact, there’s never been more than a three-year gap in film releases for Cruise’s career which now spans more than 30 years. His staying power has truly been remarkable.
And he has no intention of slowing down either as he has already begun production on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back after wrapping on Doug Liman’s drug-smuggling film Mena.
Following the success of yet another outstanding Mission Impossible movie this summer, Cruise quickly announced that work had already begun on a sixth installment which would begin filming next year. But now it appears Cruise may work with Liman once again on a project the director has been trying to get off the ground for years.
According to Variety, Liman has been developing a moon-set heist film called Luna Park for a few years now without much progress. But once you work with one of the biggest movie stars in the world a couple of times, projects you thought were stalled can be put on the fast track and it sounds like Luna Park will see the light of day.
Paramount and Skydance hired another writer to take a pass on the Luna Park script and the studio is looking to begin production next year. If all goes as planned, Cruise would make Park in early 2016 (Shortly after finishing Jack Reacher) and then start on Mission: Impossible 6 in the summer. Like I said, Cruise is a machine.
As for the story, Luna Park revolves around a group of rogue employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source. Sounds hokey, but then again, so did Edge of Tomorrow on paper until Liman and Cruise made one of the best action movies of the decade.