Rumor: Bradley Cooper Eyed to Lead 'Indiana Jones' Franchise Reboot
Just last December, producer Frank Marshall seemed to hint at developing a new Indiana Jones film at Lucasfilm's new studio home at Disney when he posted to Twitter, "A bit strange sitting in the Indiana Jones office in the Lucasfilm office on the Disney lot, but I'm sure I'll get used to it." It was pure speculation, but since Disney snagged the rights to the iconic adventure franchise the previous week, and Harrison Ford said another film following Dr. Jones wasn't out of the question, it didn't seem out of the ordinary. But a new rumor seems to indicate that Disney wants to take the character in a different direction. Read on!
Latino Review, who has a pretty solid track record with big blockbuster rumors, reports that Disney might be looking to reboot Indiana Jones and turn it into a franchise that could switch out actors indefinitely like the long-running James Bond series. In addition, the actor at the top of their list is none other than Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, though the source says there are other names on the list below their top choice. But this doesn't mean that Harrison Ford couldn't still play Indiana Jones in another sequel, but the studio is aware that his age may start to preclude him from going on.
Initially, the thought of rebooting Indiana Jones seems sacrilegious, but compared to the progress of the Indiana Jones franchise, it makes sense. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas created Indiana Jones as a tribute to old adventure serials, so it would almost go against the hero's existence to limit him to a series of four films. Plus, Indiana Jones came about because Spielberg was itching to direct a James Bond film, so Lucas gave the filmmaker his own action adventure hero instead. And at the end of the day, a reboot can't be worse than Indiana Jones an the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
As of now, the studio reportedly has a date in mind that Indiana Jones 5 would have to meet. Otherwise they will move forward with a plan for a younger actor to step into the role, and Frank Darabont might be involved with a story for that (hopefully they don't throw his script out like they did with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). While I'm worried that the abysmal fourth entry in the series might be Harrison Ford's last movie as Indiana Jones, I'm not sure a fifth film could help matters any. Maybe what Indiana Jones really needs is this James Bond style reboot. Thoughts?
UPDATE: SlashFilm received word from a high-ranking source in the know that an Indiana Jones reboot is not in the cards. Of course, this is exactly the kind of reaction you would expect when dealing with such a revered property. We've been lied to before, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens.