2015 was the year that made blockbuster revivals cool, with beloved franchises such as Jurassic World, Mad Max and Creed all enjoying great success, both critically and commercially. Not to mention Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ conquering of the global box office. This sounds like a good thing, as we get more of what we love. But I don’t trust big film studios.
I believe that they will use the success of these blockbuster revivals to flog us a dead horse of a franchise that should be LEFT ALONE. Today, the dead horse in question is Indiana Jones, which is getting a fifth installment that is scheduled to be released on 19th July 2019, with both Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford set to return. The film is reported to expand the storyline to include younger actors but Indiana Jones will still be the main focus of the picture.
Disney announced the news on Tuesday with a statement from chairman, Alan Hone, “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes of cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019, it’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
Forgive me for not getting giddy with excitement that our favourite fedora sporting archaeologist is coming back to our screens, but I still remember the last time they tried to bring back Indy and we all know how that fridge got nuked. Maybe Kingdom of the Crystal Skill wasn’t THAT bad but it followed on from one of the greatest trilogies in cinematic history, so by comparison, Crystal Skull is one of the worst films I have ever watched.
A lot of my immediate opposition comes from my concern that Harrison Ford just doesn’t have it in him to be Indy anymore. All you have to do is watch his last performance in the role as he delivers his lines with as much enthusiasm as an old Bruce Willis (not that much) to see that he doesn’t really care about the character anymore. Plus, its getting harder and harder to suspend belief that a 70 year old Indiana Jones could be knocking out multiple bad guys with nothing but his bare hands. Can’t we just leave Harrison Ford and his definitely not at all weird earring alone?
On a more positive note, Ford was great returning as Han Solo in The Force Awakens, playing the character with the same amount of charisma as he did 20 years ago. Maybe his stint back in the iconic vest has reignited his interest in big franchise roles and the Indy we will see in 2019 is the one we first fell in love with in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also, from a production perspective, you’ve got to think that Spielberg and co have learned from the huge mistakes they made in the last installment, and will have seen what made the likes of Star Wars and Mad Max so successful.
At the very least, it can’t get any worse than The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Which is something, right?