Frank Marshall Thinks 'Indiana Jones 4' Was the Hero's 'Last Hurrah'

July 26, 2012
Source: Collider

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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.

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I REALLLLY liked Indy 4. Except for the vine-swining bit. But I'd love it if they keep making more! [Same goes for Die Hard, btw]

Yoyo_Pa on Jul 26, 2012


C'mon? Monkeys can always spot a Commie, it's in their blood, he he. The talking gophers did it for me.

Carpola on Jul 26, 2012


Damn shame to end it on that note. It was great to have Karen Allen reprise her role, but the film just didn't come together. Plus Shia Labeouf and the fridge incident didn't help any. Oh well, maybe in the future something totally awesome will come to Lucas' and Spielberg's collective mind. But until then, we still have that amazing trilogy to re-watch over and over again. "Kali Ma! Kali Ma Shakti de!"

grimjob on Jul 26, 2012


Would have loved another Indy movie. Although i wish they would have stuck more to tracking down biblical artifacts then aliens. Would have loved to see Indy possibly tracking down Noah's Ark

Mitchell Dykstra on Jul 26, 2012


Now there's an idea.

grimjob on Jul 26, 2012


Oh well, I think the 4th installment ended at a good note where we all know that Indy is happy with his own family now so there is no need to make another one to be honest. I don't want to see anymore sequels that's going to exploit or diminish this character like they did with Darth Vader. Harrison did a great job and the old movies still brings a smile to my face because of him.

BinaryChaos on Jul 26, 2012


i remember the Young Indiana Jones series they had but they still stayed incredibly true to how he was... maybe we can get them to remaster the final episode to have Harrison reprise the role since he was old in that....

Jericho on Jul 26, 2012


I enjoyed Indy 4 for what it was, I guess people were disappointed that it didn't have your typical supernatural elements. I liked it for doing something different and adding the scifi elements.

TigerClaw305 on Jul 26, 2012


Always felt Last Crusade was the PERFECT ending. Indy reconciles with his father and literally rides off into the sunset. Done!

earthlingdave on Jul 26, 2012


Agree completely!

grimjob on Jul 26, 2012



rennmaxbeta on Jul 27, 2012


Terribly disappointed if this is true, which it sure sounds like it is. A bad Indy movie is still better than most any other movie. I agree that KOTCS was a weakish link, but I still enjoyed the pulpy, sci-fi aspect of it. Time had to march on for the franchise, it couldn't all be in the 30's and 40's. I'd love to see Harrison Ford don the fedora one last time.

Scotty97 on Jul 26, 2012


I'd watch 2 hours of Indy taking a dump. I'd watch an Indy film shot on a 2007 Motorola camera phone. I love Indy movies no matter what. I find this to be sad news.

Quanah on Jul 26, 2012


Fill in his tax returns...hilarious! 🙂

Quanah on Jul 31, 2012


Good. There shouldn't be a fifth installment...there shouldn't have been a fourth. Don't get me wrong, the Indy trilogy is one of my top 5 favorite films, but it's one of those kinda films that doesn't need to be continued (or rebooted/remade). It was perfect the way it was...perfect when Harrison Ford was younger too.

JBrotsis on Jul 26, 2012


Lucas and Spielberg haven't been good in over a decade so that's great news.

Chris Batty on Jul 26, 2012


Was gonna disagree about SS, but I saw that Minority Report was, in fact, 10 years ago. Lucasfilm hasn't produced anything watchable since ESB and IJ and THC.

greenblade on Jul 27, 2012


Make that IJ and TLC.

greenblade on Jul 27, 2012


IMHO, this is just a shame...Shame on you Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas for ruining Indiana Jones and not trying to fix it. They destroyed the character, removed Indy's motivation and drive. Indy's character to me always was a contrast between faith and wealth/fame and the acquisition of historical relics for posterity's sake...perfect examples of this are in "Raiders" when he is trying to explain the beam of light/power of God that is shooting out from the Ark of the Covenant, to the 2 govt agents. The 2nd is in "The Last Crusade," when he says to "Panama Hat," '...that belongs in a museum," regarding the Cross of Coronado. In the "Raiders" scene...Indy's motivation is quite transparent, you can almost see the gears turning in Indy's mind as he contemplates acquiring the Ark. In Crystal Skull, Indy's character is basically like a marionette whose strings have been cut...motivation totally lost and character ruined. ...And I have yet to even break the surface with the huge holes in the plot and credibiliity issues...but an earlier post said a bad Indy movie is better than no Indy at all...sigh, sadly true. C'est la vie...sigh.

Dr.Zal on Jul 27, 2012


Best movie news in a while.

rennmaxbeta on Jul 27, 2012


Wait, theres is part 4 in the Indy saga?? (ok, that's just my brain in denial, it was that bad). For me, no more Indiana Jones films is just great. I couldn't have another fridge jumping from a nuclear explosion...

leinergroove on Jul 28, 2012

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