Is it too late for Indy?
Another "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie seems to be finally in the works, but will fans still care?
Source: Los Angeles Times
Twenty-five years ago three great and mighty gods of entertainment came together to create the best B-movie the world had ever seen. Their names were Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, and what they bestowed upon the world, in June 1981, was "Raiders of the Lost Ark" — the first of three films starring a brave and vulnerable whip-cracking adventure seeker named Indiana Jones.
After "Raiders," the gods delivered "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," which was followed by "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Even though there was that telling word "last" in the final film, Indiana Jones' fans cried out for more. The three great gods said they might make a fourth film, and then didn't and then said they might, and then didn't and so it has been ever since.
Now, Empire magazine tells us that the almighty triumvirate is planning to make a fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise for release sometime in 2008. But can the Indiana Jones fanatics trust this prophecy? And does anybody even care about Indiana Jones anymore?
Brandon Gray, the super smart brains behind Box Office Mojo was hesitant to speak definitively about whether the current cinema market could sustain a fourth Indiana Jones movie — but that didn't stop him from speaking.
"It's hard to say," he said. "The Indiana Jones trilogy is a beloved movie series, so it depends on what Mr. Lucas and Mr. Ford have cooked up for the fourth picture. It depends on the story and how they plan to resurrect Indiana Jones, but audiences are always game for a fun adventure picture, and with the success of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' there may be room for another one."
Gray does not think that Harrison Ford's age is a problem (the actor turned 64 in July).
"That's not a huge issue," he said. 'It is more are they going to have a story worth resurrecting Indiana Jones for."
As for whether die-hard Indiana Jones fans are excited about a fourth installment of Indy, it doesn't seem clear. Aaron Grant, the 19-year-old creator and webmaster of TheIndyExperience.com said he could go either way.
"I certainly wouldn't mind it. I can imagine one day if I'm sitting in a theater about to watch it I'll be 'giddy as a schoolboy,' to quote Indiana Jones himself. But if they don't do it in the next three years it will probably be too late."
Grant's site is one of the few Indiana Jones fan sites that continue to be updated regularly, and if he's not jumping out of his skin in anticipation of another Indy movie, it doesn't seem like the best idea to do an expensive remake.
On the other hand, Grant may just be jaded by what the three gods have promised in the past.
"We've all been down the path of it's going to happen, then nothing gets done, it's going to happen, and now we'll just have to wait and see," he said. "There has been a lot of ups and downs and I think people get frustrated. But I assure you everybody keeps it in perspective. We have our three films, we have the Young Indy series and all these video games. There is a substantial Indy world. We would have loved it if they could have made it like James Bond and kept putting movies out, but it's sort of like an alignment of the planets…it never happened."