Harrison Ford says George Lucas in ‘think mode’ on another ‘Indiana Jones’ film

Oct. 03, 2008 | 7:26 p.m.

Indiana_jones Harrison Ford said Friday that momentum is building for a fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones"  franchise and that George Lucas is already cooking up a suitable plot for a heroic senior citizen with a penchant for whips and fedoras.

"It’s crazy but great," the 66-year-old Ford said. "George is in think mode right now."

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" grossed $318 million in the U.S. alone and $770 million worldwide and is expected to be powerhouse seller on DVD and Blu-Ray when it arrives in stores Oct. 14. It was a film that many people in Hollywood assumed would never be made considering the difficulty in finding the right time and the right script to reunite Ford, Lucas and franchise director Steven Spielberg after the 1989 hit "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

Now, though, the latest success and the fact that the franchise’s old machinery was revived has Ford thinking a fifth movie is not only a viable idea, but an attractive one.

"It’s automatic, really, we did well with the last one and with that having done well and been a positive experience, it’s not surprising that some people want to do it again," Ford said.

I asked Ford who specifically is stirring up the idea of another revival, whether it was Lucas, Spielberg or the star himself? "Really, it comes from the ethos, from the ether. It’s natural. It’s a way of nature, of course, success breed opportunities … also we don’t stay as closely in contact as have in the last year, that’s part of it." 

Spielberg_lucas_ford_at_cannesFord said, though, he would not be game to making an animated "Indiana Jones" film, a notion that became at least a possible option after Lucas took his "Star Wars" theatrical saga into the computer-generated realm with "The Clone Wars" this summer.

"I’m not philosophically against doing animation roles but not for Indiana Jones," Ford said. "I’d hate to see it reduced in any way from the movies that we have done and the way we have done them."

The iconic star said he had some doubts that his long-gone archaeologist hero would be an automatic 21st century sensation.

"It was never a lead-pipe cinch," Ford said. "It was a calculated business risk but I believe it paid off. I was somewhat surprised and gratified to see it did the business that it did. It was successful in almost every market. The first time we showed it to a disinterested outside audience was at Cannes. That’ s a crap shoot of the first order. Not only is that audience sophisticated and film-knowledgable, it’s French! And it’s their country and their festival and we somewhat expected to be seriously slapped around. But we were not, we were embraced…it was very gratifying."

The action hero long ago became accustomed to seeing his likeness on action figures, but even he was taken aback by the proliferation of his face and fedora this past summer as Indiana Jones became a pop-culture blizzard.

"It was everywhere I turned, I was on a Corn Flakes box or something else. That’s what it takes now to do a good job of marketing a movie like this."

Did the star’s 7-year-old son like the movie? "He hasn’t seen it. It’s a little scary for his experience at this point." What about the toy aisle, was he jolted to see Daddy on so many boxes? "He doesn’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean very much to him." 

— Geoff Boucher


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"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" image courtesy of Paramount and Lucasfilm

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008, photo by Christophe Karaba/European Pressphoto Agency


40 Responses to Harrison Ford says George Lucas in ‘think mode’ on another ‘Indiana Jones’ film

  1. J says:

    Will someone please edit the online pieces more closely? The Times is becoming as rampant with grammatical mistakes as the Register!

  2. Fleiter says:

    I'm begging you guys. Don't do this. Crystal Skull should have been used in Gitmo as an interrogation tool. You would have to pay me to sit through it again. And "Raiders" is one of my top five films.

  3. Geoff Boucher says:

    J, thanks for the note. We actually had a glitch where, for a few minutes, the rough draft version of my post replaced the fully edited one. (Basically, I hit the wrong button at the wrong time). Our editors do an excellent job so I wanted to take the blame publicly for the unpolished post you read….

  4. Spitfire says:

    There's so much dross these days… here you have a good director, capable actors, a budget to mach.
    I'm in! I know I'll never be disappointed.

  5. Indy Fan says:

    If Shia LeBouff (I don't care if I spelled his name wrong) is in this movie I will not see it, PERIOD. Please pull this movie together boys.

  6. Eric says:

    I am thankful we have these films appear in our theaters. A triumphant job has been done with the newest Indiana Jones installment. I am anticipating seeing another one made. It is an interesting dip into the pool of possibilities with allowing this hero into our modern day culture while still capturing the adventurous spirit as Ford, Lucas and Spielberg do so well. I say, keep up the great work. It is nice to see all these pros get together and entertain us once again.

  7. ANDREW says:

    keep indy going…they have been my favorite movies since ive been a kid and indy 4 was great. GIVE US A 5TH!!!!

  8. Alex says:

    I' am looking foward to it….

  9. John says:

    > Will someone please edit the online pieces more closely?
    > The Times is becoming as rampant with grammatical mistakes
    > as the Register!
    Who's going to do it??? When you read about hundreds laid off in newsrooms, these are the people getting their walking papers. Who has time for niceties like proofing?

  10. taylorbad says:

    It's not his fault, but George Lucas looks more and more like an Ewok these days.

  11. Jason says:

    Oh sweet Jeebus, stop beating a dead horse!
    Last crusade should have ended this franchise, and I wish I can alway remember Indie riding into the sunset with his dad and closest companions as the final image.
    Now I'm stuck with aliens, a UFO and a cliche story book ending with a wedding…bleh!

  12. Asher Fay says:

    This is great news!! Will wait anxiously for more updates on Indy 5!!!

  13. sickofStarWars says:

    I've always been more of a Indy guy than a Star Wars fan boy, and I have to say that the Sci-fi story line really ruined this last one for me. I enjoyed the factual basis of the first three movies. I am aware that the Crystal Skull legend has aliens as one possible explanation for their existence, but come on? Does every movie have to have aliens in it now? There are plenty of mysteries and adventures left on this planet.
    :To the Grammar Nazi, if minor grammatical errors bother you so much that you need to comment on them rather than the content of the article, you need to pull the stick out of your a$$. Oh never mind you've probably already convinced yourself that your better than the rest of us.

  14. Indy's grrrl says:

    As others have said: if Shia LeBoeuf is in it, count me out. Steven? Harrison? Did neither of you learn ANYTHING from INDY 2? None of your fans like the brats you put in these movies…please…I think what we all really want is INDY, his dad (as a ghost? in flashbacks? anything, just bring Sean Connery back) and maybe some Marion….
    Crystal Skull was awful. Shia was awful. Don't waste my time and money like that again.
    INDY 1 is in my top 10 of all time….INDY 3 is up there….but 2 and 4—come on, can we be honest? They suck.

  15. Bob says:

    "I enjoyed the factual basis of the first three movies" – This always tickles me, we have a box which emits the wrath of god, three magic stones and a cup guarded by a knight who was hundreds of years old – but a UFO is too far fetched?!!!!!

  16. Jake says:

    I'd love to see another Indy film, although I agree with those who feel that Shia's character doesn't need to return. He was great in Indy 4, but they should continue the tradition of having new characters each time out.
    But I disagree about the sci-fi elements ruining the film. Atlantis continues to be a popular fanboy MacGuffin, yet it's no more credible than Roswell aliens. These films are not based in fact, but rather pulp. And on that level, Indy 4 worked just fine.
    To be honest, I give them credit for not playing it safe with Indy 4. They could've easily sent Indy after the Spear of Longinus or some other religious artifact. Instead, they went in a completely new direction- much like they did with Temple of Doom. The end result is that each film feels like its own unique pulp novel. Another Indy film set in the 1950s could be a lot of fun- especially if it veers off into even more unexplored territory.

  17. Matthew Gaudet says:

    The Spear of Longinus was covered in the graphic novel spear of destiny and that would have made a far better story than the crystal skull. Would have been a perfect sequel for Last Crusade but would have had to be filmed like in 92 for a 1993 release for ford and connery to not be too old. The Spear of Longinus is the spear of the roman that pierced Christ Side as he was crucified.
    Again this would be fiction.
    At least the Ark of the Covenant has a basis in fact. THe holy grail never had anything to do with the death and resurrection of jesus christ. That was based on the san graal legend which was a heathen/pagan story of the druids and the celts and was later christianized.

  18. fletch says:

    Please, the only reason Crystal Skull made money was because of us old Raiders fans were nostalgic and shelled out the bucks. The movie was terrible in every way, but especially the writing. Name one memorable line from the movie. You can't. What a rip off. Harrison you know better.

  19. Canyon says:

    For all of those of you who didn't like Crystal Skull, did you seriously expect it to be like Raiders. There is no way on this earth that the new movie could ever match up to that.
    And before you go slagging Harrison off, I'd like to see you guys doing the physical stuff that he did in this movie! I take my hat off to the guy!

  20. Canyon says:

    With all due respoect, did you think that this movie would be anything like Raiders. Nobody can bring that back, not even the big three.
    And for those of you who are slagging off harrison, I'd like to see you guys in your sixties pull off what Harrison did in this movie. I take my hat off to him.

  21. jared says:

    please please please dont do this!!! Does anybody understand that they pretty much spent all of raiders and crusades proving the existence of God. On Crystal they snub it and show some generic lucas inspired aliens? ahhhhhhh kick him off the project does it all have to be about aliends??? Just leave it at that, i never thought i would say it but no more indiana jones. No more lucas

  22. R72 says:

    Crystal Skull may have sucked, but there's no denying that it raked in the bucks. Look at what Harrison Ford said in the quotes in this article. He knows it's all about the business now. It's not about making a good movie. It's about making money. Sad but true. Pleas to have the smallest shred of artistic integrity will only fall on deaf ears. The best we can do is consider these movies, actors, directors, etc. as dead to the us, and enjoy their good works of days long past.

  23. Sounds says:

    The 4th one was good, but not as good as the first! I hope they still do it, tho. The old angle is interesting.
    Raiders best scene: http://www.entertonement.com/clips/32217/Raiders-

  24. Pat says:

    Keep 'em coming!
    Possible storylines for Indy are as versatlie as James Bond, and they never should've stopped making Indy movies. I larged enjoyed the new one even if I left feeling disappointed (to say the least) about the alien-centric plot, but I remember feeling strongly that there's still plenty of juice left for one more Indy movie just to close things off in the grand tradition. So I really hope they do this; no one's gettin' any younger!

  25. Maxor127 says:

    I love the franchise and liked the last one even though it didn't completely live up to its predecessors, it was still a welcome addition. I'm all for a fifth movie and I think they kept that possibility open at the end of Crystal Skull. I'd like to see it geared less towards slapstick and more about the mystery and adventure though. And less Mutt and Marianne and more Indy.
    Anyone who completely hates Crystal Skull isn't a true Indy fan, sorry. Sure there were some lame parts like the animals and tarzan stuff, but the movie as a whole was decent and I think successfully incorporated the character into a different time period. I can name just as many lame segments in Temple of Doom or Last Crusade. There are supposed to be campy segments by the very nature of the films. I don't care for them, but they're true to their origins.

  26. Anna says:

    Yeah, this is a "WTF" moment. Seriously, they need to give Indiana Jones a rest! Spielberg needs to go back to directing war dramas, Lucas needs to let go of Indiana Jones AND Star Wars, and Ford needs to cut down on action movies.

  27. SteveinNJ says:

    For God's sake, will someone please attach legislation to the next government bailout bill that will prohibit George Lucas from ever making another movie? Episodes 1-3 killed Star Wars, and "Crystal Skull" was so bad that I would be willing to stare into the Ark of the Covenant to forget having ever seen it. Just stop it, already – PLEASE!!

  28. Matt says:

    I'm not going to rant about how CRYSTAL SKULL was a huge disappointment due, I feel, in whole, to Lucas, but one hopes that when (yes, when, because they they more money than God and had fun doing the last one so it's now fun-time pet projects for them) they do 5, Lucas won't be given absolute final word on script or plot. And he can't be lt near a word processor for this one, either!

  29. jksonny says:

    Great idea!! Here's your title: Indiana Jones and the Decapitation of Mutt Williams

  30. Shorty says:

    How about: Indiana Jones and The Return of Short Round

  31. kEN dABROWSKI says:

    Harrison Ford did a great job with "the crystal skull" I would love to see another Indy movie!

  32. DJ says:

    Personally, being a person who was raised watching 50's B movies because of my dad, I understand what Lucas was trying to emulate. His originals where based on 30s serials and that transition to B movies is drastic. Most people don't care about the concept, but for all intents and purposes, Lucas accomplished what he set out to do.
    But I would like to see more soviets, maybe a radioactive ant colony like "Them". Most of your complaints about this movie is that it didn't follow the guidlines of the original movies. Lucas changed his concept. Should he have done this project with a different character? Maybe not. 10 years from now, boys & girls who saw this movie and the next one that comes out will have the same emotional response as most of us who saw it as kids. At least he didn't make it like a Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movie. Indiana Jones and the Road to New Delhi. Singing, dancing, harrison ford being felt up by a 300lb Indian woman with a unibrow.
    Thats entertainment.

  33. cm says:

    It wouldn't be hard to improve on the 4th movie since it was so bad.
    Ford could be 70 by the time they shoot another Indy movie and in the last movie his character was literally along for the ride — a passenger on "Mutt's" motorcycle. And yet the whole serial cliffhanger formula sort of requires an active lead character, no? This Indy no longer dodges big boulders or swims on to u-boats or climbs Egyptian statues to break through brick walls.
    If the old action hero forumla no longer applies then at least try to find the humor in the situation. It might be funny to watch an aging Indy annoyed that he's no longer the action hero, constantly having to convince his friends to trust his judgement.

  34. Reason says:

    Will someone PLEASE hit Lucas and Spielberg about the head and neck with a lead pipe? Crystal Skull was atrocious! Honestly these two have lost their minds. Need I remind anyone about episodes 1-3 of Star Wars? How about digitally changing the guns into walkie talkies in the ET re-release? Please. Just stop ruining the icons of my generation.

  35. JSL says:

    Let's face it, guys. Indy4 was about a middle-of-the-road film, at best. Considering the high quality of the other three, this represents a significant downturn. Shia LaBeouf and Karen Allen were beyond awful. And yes, Raiders is in my top five.
    As much as it pains me to say so, please just let it die.

  36. Ryan Lofton says:

    God no!!! Leave Indy alone! You screwed up the 2nd and 4th. Dont make a 5th. In my world the only Indiana Jones movies were Raiders and The Last Cruasade. I abhored the Crystal Skull.

  37. JLCRUZ says:

    I loved it! Make another one , it was a childhood dream to finally get to see Indy on the big screen(since i missed the first 3 because we never went to theatre when i was a kid) and it was great! I understand what lucas was going for in the movie and everyone needs to stop comparing it to the first 3. Now for all who didn't like the 4th installment do us a favor and save the seats for the real fans then and don't go if they make another one. I had the same argument with my friend who didn't like it ,but he went in with the attitude that he wasn't going to like it anyways and guess what he didn't. So if thats the kinda attitude your gonna have, which I'm sure almost all who didn't like it already knew they weren't going too and just wanted to complain, then pretend their are only 3 and be done with it. Some of us still want to see Indy and I hope they do make another one. The way i see it is if the dvd sales do good then that tells me their was enough people who seen it and like it enough to watch it again

  38. Sunny says:

    Please, trust your fans…make number five.
    My family and I thank the three of you and your production teams for the many unique
    emotions your films have given us. Even though we are loyal fans, you are still obligated to deliver and we believe you will. What a trio…thanks again.
    PS: Have you ever thought of reprising Indy Jr. with La beouf? Of course you have.
    Thanks again, Sunny and family

  39. Shannon says:

    I think if they make another Indiana Jones movie; then please let it be the LAST one…. I mean the character has been all over the world except.. Ireland!! I'd love to see him try and unearth some Irish folklore.. we have some great characters.. Queen Maeve, the faeries, leprachauns, Brian Boru… list is endless… I'd love a small part in the film, better still, I'd love to compose the music for the love scenes.. who ya kidding.. there's always love/romantic scenes…
    We have the great Connemara Pass, Achill Island that you have to visit in summertime to see the lovely pink and purple wild rhodendenrons in full bloom.. reminds me of Hawaii!
    So come on over to Ireland, Indiana and bring your captain & crew with ye!

  40. indyfanforever says:

    If you were a real indiana jones fan you would be happy just to see the movies make a come back , and really kingdom of the crystal skull isn't that bad.Every movie has parts that not everyone likes.

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