Rumor: Spielberg Wants to Direct Chris Pratt in New 'Indiana Jones'
Here we go… The big rumor on Oscar weekend, with all of Hollywood in town, is that Steven Spielberg is apparently quite interested in directing the new Indiana Jones movie. If you recall, in January we posted another rumor that Chris Pratt – star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy – is Disney's top pick to star as the new version of Indiana Jones. Ever since Disney got their hands on Lucasfilm a few years ago, they've been figuring out how to bring more franchises back. Aside from Star Wars it sounds like Indy is next, and word from Deadline around Hollywood is that "assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction, Spielberg hopes to direct that film." That film being the new Indiana Jones perhaps starring Chris Pratt.
Before everyone goes crazy and starts criticizing this choice and calling blasphemy, it's all speculation at the moment. Nothing is set in stone, nothing is confirmed yet. Even Deadline says that "it's too early to determine what will happen because there is no script yet and they are just getting going." Makes sense. That's Hollywood for you, putting films into production and banking millions on projects that don't even have a script yet. But from the way they're presenting this news, it seems as if Spielberg is still interested in watching over Indiana Jones, and doesn't want anything bad to happen to it if someone else directs. And it also seems to indicate that even Spielberg is interested in having Pratt take over for Harrison Ford. Not a bad choice if you ask me. At the moment, Steven Spielberg is finishing work on that Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks as well as the animated adaptation of The BFG, and he's still attached to Robopocalypse as well.
Only time will tell what happens, but we'll do our best to keep you updated on any news from Disney and Lucasfilm. While we've got Star Wars coming up this year, I expect we'll be hearing more about Indy soon.