Frank Marshall Thinks 'Indiana Jones 4' Was the Hero's 'Last Hurrah'
For those of you who were so enthralled with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that you couldn't wait to see Indiana Jones and More Silly Nut Shots and Cute Animals, we have some bad news. While 2009 brought rumblings of a fifth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, we haven't heard any solid updates yet. Plus, with George Lucas taking a less active role in Lucasfilm, passing the reins to Kathleen Kennedy, it seems even less likely than ever. Now word from producer Frank Marshall has hit the web, and it doesn't sounds like the project is nearly as far along as was rumored in the past. More below!
In speaking with Collider, the producer merely said, "I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin.” The MacGuffin, of course, is the plot device that drives the story, like the Ark of the Covenant or the Crystal Skull. So while it sounds like the story idea has been tossed around, not having a MacGuffin, one of the most integral parts of an Indiana Jones movie, means that the story really doesn't exist. Plus Marshall reiterates that Lucas doesn't seem to be all that interested (especially considering the reaction to the last film) and mentions his wife's inheriting of power at Lucasfilm, "Yeah, no he isn’t [hungry to do another Indiana Jones]. And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife, so.”
There you have it. For now, Indiana Jones is going on no more adventures, and unless Spielberg or Lucas himself comes out and says otherwise, this will likely be the final word. It's a little sad that the last adventure Indy went on was so lackluster, despite a valiant effort to introduce new characters, mix them in with the old favorites, and craft a decent story, it was the style, tone and screenplay itself that failed in the end. Some might have hated the sci-fi nature of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but I don't think that was the problem. Anyway, farewell for now Dr. Jones.