Surprise? Harrison Ford Still Interested in Indy and Jack Ryan
Hot on the heels of the DVD release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this week, AOL asked Harrison Ford fifteen questions, focusing on a few prospective sequels and future projects. Ford thankfully confirms that it was never the idea to hand over the Indiana Jones reigns to Mutt. "I think it just doesn't work that way. And there's definitely a distinction between passing the fedora and someone picking it up." Additionally, he mentions that his interest in returning for a fifth Indiana Jones movie depends on the script, and that he "wouldn't mind doing another" Jack Ryan movie, if one of them came along. Surprised?
What's so very interesting about this interview today is that Harrison Ford has re-emerged into the spotlight this year, becoming the center of attention even though not everyone liked Crystal Skull. I even remember hearing him say years ago that he wasn't interested in return as Jack Ryan, but now he says that he would. And as for Indiana Jones, I'm not fully opposed to the idea of having Ford continue on with another one, but I'm a bit weary this time around. We've actually covered a few rumors regarding both Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan projects, which is why this is all an intriguing discussion today.
Our most recent Indiana Jones 5 update arrived barely two weeks ago, when Ford said in another interview that "George [Lucas] is in think mode right now." All that means is that we'd need another story, which took 15 years to come together for Crystal Skull, to convince Ford and Spielberg and Lucas to get together yet again. Ford said when he first got the script for Crystal Skull: "I was relieved when I read a script that I felt fully confident in. That's what I'd been waiting for." And his response to a fifth movie is much the same: "Again, it would have to do with the quality of the script that I read, if and when we decide to go forward."
Finally jumping to Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan, here is what Ford had to say. "I thought that we hadn't quite exhausted the potential of the Jack Ryan character. Those films were, I think, very good movies. I wouldn't mind doing another of those." It just so happens that the revival of Jack Ryan was announced back in March with Sam Raimi attached. Raimi has since gone on to work on Drag Me to Hell and will most likely start either Evil Dead 4 or the back-to-back Spider-Man 4 and 5 films, meaning the Jack Ryan revival is in need of a director. With Ford showing interest, will it gain traction again?