Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.
It appears this really is about moving forward and might even lend some credence to the rumor that another Indiana Jones movie was part of Harrison Ford’s Star Wars Episode VII deal, not to mention John Williams has said he plans to do the music for the next film. It would be crazy to think there has been a lot of talk behind the scenes about Indy and this just confirms that is the case. I would imagine no one has been more concerned than Harrison Ford.
Sources say that Steven Spielberg, who directed the previous films, would still be interested in helming future pics but, like with the other installments, a story would first need to be hashed out before Spielberg would ever commit. Insiders also added that while George Lucas has sold his stake in Lucasfilm to Disney, he still may have a part in developing the story like he and Spielberg had done in the past.
I would imagine returning to Indy is fun for Ford but also financially “fun,” if you will. But Spielberg and Lucas really do not need the money and probably would only return to get the friends together for the summer to make a movie. That said, I am really interested in a Ford, Lucas, and Spielberg picture while there’s still time. While Indiana Jones IV gets a lot of crap for committing the same “unrealistic crimes” as the previous films, the movie still made around 800 million dollars and despite the internet discourse is more loved that hated.
While the new report does not say we are getting a new Indiana Jones film, what else could it really mean? Why work out the details if not to move forward. Now it appears both sides of the coin have a reason to want a new Indy film and I think we’ll hear some announcements in the near future.
I could not be happier about the future!