Rumor: Harrison Ford Aims to Kill Off Indiana Jones in Next Film
by Ethan Anderton
December 20, 2010
Take this with a huge grain of salt as plenty of Indiana Jones sequel rumors that we haven't highlighted have come and gone just as quickly, but this new rumor does seem like a viable path for the franchise. Showbiz Spy, whose reliability is in question simply because they're a gossip site, is reporting Harrison Ford has told creator George Lucas and series director Steven Spielberg that he would like the iconic adventurer to meet his end in the fifth adventure. Furthermore, as the end of the fourth installment seemed to hint at, the fedora and whip would be picked up by Shia LaBeouf's character and Indiana Jones' offspring Mutt Williams. Uh-oh!
Once again, this is a huge rumor at this point, but considering Ford's age and the aforementioned hints in the conclusion of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it makes a lot of sense. Apparently Lucas is "resisting the notion" and Spielberg is "considering it." Frankly, if Indiana Jones is going to meet his doom, I think that should be where the franchise ends once and for all. First of all, a spin-off featuring an adventurer called Mutt Williams sounds like a a terrible Air Bud-style, direct-to-DVD version of Indiana Jones. Second of all, I'm not so sure fans of the longtime archaeologist are going to be quick to follow Shia LaBeouf to a franchise that aims to capture the same nostalgia and sense of adventure that the original films delivered decades ago.
Of course, who knows when we might see the next Indiana Jones adventure anyway. While LaBeouf has mentioned being pitched an idea for the sequel by Spielberg once before and even said the story had been "cracked," there's definitely not a script that we know of yet (though Ford has said there is a "germ of an idea"). In addition, it sounds like Spielberg has already planned the follow-up to his historical drama The War Horse as we've heard that the director is officially attached to helm the adaptation of Robopocalypse. Harrison Ford's reps have already denied this rumor, but let's stir this hypothetical pot. What do you think?