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Harrison Ford Confirms Indiana Jones IV Production 495

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from the you-call-him-doctor-jones dept.
phoric writes "According to TheIndyExperience.com, Harrison Ford has confirmed that his role in the much-rumored production of another Indiana Jones sequel is indeed true. However, he admits that future sequels may feature a younger actor, similar to the James Bond series post-Connery."
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Harrison Ford Confirms Indiana Jones IV Production

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  • by whiteranger99x (235024) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:38PM (#10996709) Journal
    The title announced will be: Indiana Jones and The Search For More Money
  • by amigoro (761348) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:39PM (#10996718) Homepage Journal
    IESB.net: Is Indy 4 still going to be made? Ford: "No doubt about it." IESB.net: Could a younger actor play Indiana Jones in Indy 4? Ford: "No problem, but Indy IV is mine." Ford also added that he wouldn't mind having a younger actor play Indy in future films, which is similar to what was done with the James Bond films after Sean Connery left. IESB.net: Will you be doing your own stunts for Indiana Jones 4? Ford: "At least some of them."

    Harrison ford was born on 13 July 1942. That makes his 62. So we are going to have a 62-year-old man doing Indiana Jones stunts. Mr. Ford must be one fit senior citizen.


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  • by Lu Xun (615093) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:40PM (#10996722)
    I don't know, Ford is Indiana to my mind; a new actor just wouldn't make sense to me. I wasn't around for the James Bond switchovers though.

    With the Indiana franchise I'd like to see a "Batman Beyond" switchover, with Ford as an aging Indy and some new disciple taking his place.

    • by Pflipp (130638) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:51PM (#10996794)
      With Bond, they were lucky to have Roger Moore, who already played The Saint. The character of the Saint is not very different to Bond's (especially within the hands of Moore, of course), so I guess that the audience could quite well get used to it.
      • by Basehart (633304) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:54PM (#10997105)
        Yes, Roger Moore slipped into 007's shoes very nicely. I really liked Moore as bond. Almost as good as Connery and Brosnan in the ruthless bastard department.

        I am worried about the proposed successor [bbc.co.uk] to Brosnan though.
    • by mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:58PM (#10996834)

      With the Indiana franchise I'd like to see a "Batman Beyond" switchover, with Ford as an aging Indy and some new disciple taking his place.

      A younger disciple, like, maybe, his son?

      Sean Connery as Grandpa Jones, Harrison Ford as Daddy Jones, and, I dunno, Hugh Jackman, or Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jones Jr? Maybe Karen Allen [the original Lost Ark love interest] as Mrs Jones?

      Of course, Steven Spielberg [having ditched Amy Irving for Kate Capshaw, of Temple of Doom fame], and Harrison Ford, having ditched a succession of wives for some damned whore from Ally McBeal, are probably not the kinds of guys to whom it might occur to portray fatherhood in a favorable light.

      • Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jones Jr?

        You, sir, deserve to be pistol-whipped.

        • You, sir, deserve to be pistol-whipped.

          Well, four points, really:

          1) DiCaprio actually looks like he could be Harrison Ford's son.

          2) He's about the right age [Ford born 1942, == 26 when Jackman is born in 1968, == 32 when DiCapiro is born in 1974].

          3) As much as people love to hate him, DiCaprio can act pretty well [at least when he's not pouting].

          4) As I understand it, Hollywood casting is 0wn3d by the Pink Mafia, which is why we get pretty boys like DiCaprio instead of real men like Jackman. So i

      • A younger disciple, like, maybe, his son?

        I'm thinking a new but similar character, maybe called District of Columbia Smith, or Disty to his friends. In a similar vein instead of carrying a bull whip he would have an SM fetish and carry a cat o' 9 tails and trade in the hat for a gimp mask. There was lots of imprisoning and tying up in the earlier movies so the whole bondage SM theme would fit quite well as Distry stumbles from cage to dungeon scene in a haphazard, action filled yet amusing manner in se

        • I'm thinking a new but similar character, maybe called District of Columbia Smith, or Disty to his friends. In a similar vein instead of carrying a bull whip he would have an SM fetish and carry a cat o' 9 tails and trade in the hat for a gimp mask. There was lots of imprisoning and tying up in the earlier movies so the whole bondage SM theme would fit quite well as Distry stumbles from cage to dungeon scene in a haphazard, action filled yet amusing manner in search of Tutenkamun's golden prince albert.

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    • I remember the Bond switch over and still watch all of the Bond films. But Sean Connery is and always will be Bond. The rest have been mediocre replacements in my mind. Indiana will be the same, Harrison is and always will be the real Indiana.
  • by kegwell (789687) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:40PM (#10996724)
    Didn't they learn their lesson the first time when they released "Young Indiana Jones". Don't get me wrong, Indiana Jones is my favorite series of movies, but there is a time when you need to put things to rest.
    • by ajs (35943) <ajs@ a j s . com> on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:59PM (#10996838) Homepage Journal
      "Didn't they learn their lesson the first time when they released "Young Indiana Jones"."

      Of course they did. You do realize that that was a highly successful series, right?
    • There is a SLIGHT difference between jumping from an adult action hero to a teenager (like indy3->young indiana jones) and jumping from an soon-too-old action here to a new one in the 30s or so.
    • Hey now. That was one of the best TV series ever. Don't disrespect.
    • Young Indiana Jones was a semi-trial run of a lot of ILM's signature special effects. They used the TV show to "practice", so to speak..

      There was an interesting show about special effects in general (on A&E I think) and it had a segment on Young Indy/ILM.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:42PM (#10996735)
    The Search for the Titanium Hip.
  • by tyrus568 (644456) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:42PM (#10996736)
    I have always detested that about the James Bond series. If Harrison Ford can't play Indiana Jones then just let it die. Please. That said, I have high hopes for this movie which I'm sure will come crashing down as soon as they announce Ice Cube to be the villain.
    • > just let it die.

      And please while you're at it, take the Simpsons with you. Its just embarassing when profits dictate how long something is going to run. So if its popular its not just going to run, its going to be run into the ground.

      I love the Simpsons, but the last few years have been sub-par potboilers making Murdoch slightly richer, with really no place for the series to go. I see the new ones on my Tivo and only watch them if I seriously have nothing better to do.

      When I do watch them I see rec
  • I hope... (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:42PM (#10996740)
    They frikkin' get the cuisine of the countries where the new "Temples of Doom" will be located. Do you have any idea how irritating it is to walk into a restaurant in New Delhi and have a tourist fuckface go: "So where's the eyeball soup". What a bunch of maaderchods.
  • Consider this. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:43PM (#10996743)
    Harrison Ford is 62 years old.
    Sylvester Stallone is 58 years old.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is 57 years old.

    These guys were the primary action heroes while I was growing up. Man. Now _I_ feel old.
  • face:

    Your momma is so fat, she auditioned for a role in Indiana Jones as the big rolling ball!!

    Snap.
  • by falser (11170) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:46PM (#10996762) Homepage
    Indiana Jones and the Search for the Fountain of Youth
    Seriously Dude, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, For Real This Time
    Indiana Jones and the Geriatric Years
    Indiana Jones VII, the search for Indian Jones IV, V and VI
  • by jeffkjo1 (663413) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:47PM (#10996770) Homepage
    George Lucas, from what I hear, is having a much more active role in the script writing. My guess, the script will go a little something like this: Indiana Jones drives an 18 wheeler into the Taj Mahal after discovering that it contains some Nazi Memorabila. He engages in an epic battle with some ancient Nazi general, who cuts off his hand. In a later scene, he goes to visit his father, who is on his deathbed, in an iron lung in a hospital. Between heavy breaths, Connery lets Ford know that the german woman from Last Crusade is actually his sister.
    At this point the movie will end... gotta have material for a sequel, yknow.

    I haven't found out where the "Meeesta Jones" Jackie-Chan-esque kid fits into the plot yet...
    • My guess, the script will go a little something like this: Indiana Jones drives an antique wheelchair into the Taj Mahal after discovering that it contains some Al Queda Memorabila. He engages in an epic battle with Osama Bin Laden, who cuts off his beard. In a later scene, he goes to visit his father, who is on his deathbed, in an iron lung in a hospital. Between heavy breaths, George Bush Snr lets Ford know that Condi is actually his sister....
      At this point the movie will end... gotta have material for a
  • :o (Score:2, Funny)

    Did anyone else read that as:
    Harrison Ford confirms, Indiana Jones IV Production is dying ?
  • by surelars (573834) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:53PM (#10996808)
    (Opps - title already used)

    Indy always was a dignified fellow, so there's no reason he can be the older professor, gray hair and all, saving the world. Heck, it worked for Connery - as Bond and as Indy's sidekick. I have no problem with at all with a 60+ Indy.

    Go for it.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    This just in: the title of the 5th film will be Indian Jones, with a younger, cheaper Indian actor to replace the aging old Ford. Production due to start in Bangalore in late 2009.

    ps: sorry about this post. please mod this to -1 as soon as possible to protect the children.

  • by mikeboone (163222) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:56PM (#10996824) Homepage Journal
    George is happy with the script. I wonder who will be Indy's CGI sidekick?
    • by gad_zuki! (70830) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:22PM (#10996962)
      They can't decide between the hip-hop iPod wearing talking Nazi-experiment gone wrong talking moose or the kung-fu fighting reptile man.

      Some want his sidekick to be his cute younger daughter who will bring in more young males to the box office, but the studio is afraid to get an R-rating for "showing of the belly button" or "girl wearing tight t-shirt" in today's "moral" America.
  • heh (Score:3, Funny)

    by trevdak (797540) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @01:59PM (#10996842) Homepage
    I got a bad feeling about this... has never rung more true.
  • What about Angelina Jolie?

    Oh, wait....
  • by sagefire.org (731545) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:00PM (#10996845) Homepage
    Have you ever noticed that Regeneration episodes are among the best episodes of Doctor Who [bbc.co.uk]?

    It's interesting that we all say, "No! Only Harrison can ever be Indy!" but people have no problem with Tom Baker being replaced by Peter Davison, then Colin, then Sylvester, etc...

    I think more Indy movies will fail (though this one may pull an audience like Connery did in Never Say Never Again [imdb.com]) not due to anything having to do with Mr. Ford.

    When Spielberg made the Indy movies, he was reviving the Saturday serials of distant movie lore. He had a sense of nostalgia and a sense of love for the project. After seeing some recent Speilberg work, I don't think he is capable of the innocent fervor needed to cut a successful Indy movie together.

    • Dr. Who, however, is pure science fiction.

      Indiana Jones is a historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.

      Personally, I think that it would be better to create a new character in this particular film that would produce his own spinoff series, and continue the "Archaeologist vs. Nazi" saga in there. This way, he won't need to try and fit Indiana Jones' shoes, and create a character all his own, while still sharing continuity with the Indiana Jones universe.
  • However, he admits that future sequels may feature a younger actor, similar to the James Bond series post-Connery."

    Or how about before Roger Moore with George Lazenby? Oh that was horrific!
  • Sorry, No Way.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by NormHome (99305) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:00PM (#10996849)
    I'm sorry but no one can replace Harison Ford as Indiana Jones, I just can't see any actor stepping into that role.
  • by Hodr (219920) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:01PM (#10996851) Homepage
    If they wait long enough they can just CG him into the following Indiana movies. Then he could have multiple roles (young Indy, based off the Star Wars texture (or possibly River Phoenix, etc.), the Indy we are all used to, and possible the "real" indie as a cameo.

    Hell, they could throw Humphrey Bogart and James Dean, and everyone else they have been editing into commercials (they're families don't seem to mind the images of their loved ones being used to sell Coke or Mustangs).

    In any case, I think it will eventually happen that all our "best" actors will go and get completely character modeled, then the models will be saved for future use, and this may be the best thing that could happen to them (Imagine a character with the looks of Jessica Simpson, the voice of James Earl Jones, and the acting ability of 20 character modeling experts....)

  • by sheemwaza (570202) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:03PM (#10996860) Homepage Journal
    I am intrigued... This series always used the Nazis as bad guys, which always worked out well. Now, if they play to his age as opposed to ignoring it, they can set the films in the early cold war. Think about it -- Russians, nuclear bombs, espionage. Not necessarily standard IJ fare, but interesting nonetheless.
  • > However, he admits that future sequels may
    > feature a younger actor....

    Why not use computer graphics to put Ford's face on a younger actor? (Eventually, of course, they won't need the actor at all).

    > ...similar to the James Bond series
    > post-Connery.

    There were no James Bond movies post-Connery. Just pitiful imitations.
  • What makes fans think they have to take the whole package? Oh, yeah, I guess they are fanatics.

    In my book, there are only two Indiana Jones movies, the first one and the third one - how is my life diminished by ignoring the one that I found annoying?

    If the fourth one sucks all it means is I won't buy it. If it turns out well, I will spend some money seeing it and be entertained for my investment.

  • Hmm... (Score:3, Funny)

    by dnaumov (453672) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:43PM (#10997047)
    Indiana Jones... FOREVER?

    Sorry, couldn't resist :)
  • on the fence (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CAIMLAS (41445) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @02:45PM (#10997054) Homepage
    Man, I'm really on the fence on this one.

    On one hand, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. He's also Han Solo. You simply can't replace him in those roles, because everyone - everyone - associates the roles with the face, voice, and (most importantly) personality of Harrison Ford. Replacing Ford with someone else for the role of Indy just wouldn't work unless they tried really bloody hard to find some one with the same tongue-in-cheek sassy wit and lopsided grin - all without looking either too scholarly or two action-hero like. They'd need to find the "everyman intellectual" look, I think - as, it seems to me, Indy is the intellectual Ash.

    On the other hand, I'd really like to see more Indiana Jones films, as I grew up on the John Williams soundtracks for Indy, the witty quips, and such. Indiana Jones was, to a large degree, what motivated my interest in both history and archeology. I've got countless photos of both me and my brother dressed up in brown fedoras, kackis, and the closest thing we could find to a leather vest, while holding whips. It'd just make my toes tingle. Though, can they do as well a job on Indy 4 (and any further sequels) as they did on Indy 1 and 3? Indy 2 kinda stunk. Would they truly Bond-ify Indiana Jones, or would they do it in a respectable manner that made it cool?

    On still another hand, Indiana Jones relies on the Nazis to make him cool. Without Nazis or some massive empire of evil to fight that can be universally seen as evil, Indy has nothing. That doesn't make it easy to bring Indy to the current day - ala Bond. Maybe if they were to have a series of Chronicles, all placed in the WW2 era, it might work. But then there'd be a stronger need for Ford to play Dr. Jones.

    On still another hand, if you look at the Bond films, none of the James Bonds were as good as Connery except for maybe Brosnan. I'd argue that Connery is simply too cool for Bond, and that Brosnan does, in my mind, fit the Bond prototype image better - at least for modern day. I imagine the case may have been different in the 1950's. :) It seems that, to some degree, Bond may have been effeminated over the years - or at least since the 1980's - at least in appearance.

    Now, Harrison Ford's Indy was a "man's man". He drinks. He likes women. He doesn't like mindless women, and he likes them to remain quiet. He can take a beating while dishing one out. He's as sharp as a whip and can think inventively in times of need. He is, in a sense, an "idol", someone that almost every male can relate to on most levels, and still someone that can be looked up to. What I wonder is, in today's "progressive" society, would they bastardize the Indiana Jones character and take out all those character traits to make Indy more PC? They did so with Bond, to a large degree, and I do say the franchise suffered for it.

    Anyway, I could go on all day like this... I think I'll watch some Indiana Jones tonight. :P
  • by spagthorpe (111133) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @03:21PM (#10997240)
    Most people don't know that Roger Moore (born 1927) was actually older than Sean Connery (born 1930) by three years. Was a shock to me as well at the time I found out. I had always assumed that Roger Moore was Connery's younger replacement.
  • by El Camino SS (264212) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @03:42PM (#10997340)

    Sure it is an action movie, but Indiana Jones is one of those characters that can be funny... ...an old rumor, years ago was that Spielberg wasn't going to do another Indiana Jones movie, then he got a spec script featuring a lot of old man jokes and humor in it as well as the action. A mature Jones, with mature problems, and still trying to be the adventurer that he remembers in his mind.

    I personally won't want to see an Indiana Jones movie with Ford in it unless it does make fun in some way his inability to get around anymore. If it doesn't, it will be a joke, and no one will believe it. It is part of where Harrison Ford is now. Better to surf the staples of adventure and humor in this one than do the opposite and try to make a stab at seriousness.
  • Give it up (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Wes Janson (606363) on Saturday December 04, 2004 @04:01PM (#10997439) Journal
    As good as Indiana Jones is, there always comes a time when it's necessary to just let it go. The original movies were, are, and will continue to be classics. Creating more films in an attempt to replicate the success of the first ones, will never succeed. There's no way a replacement could ever be found for Harrison Ford, and even if there was, there's no similar replacement for the Nazis. The Russians belong to Bond. Quite frankly, everything exists in a specific time and place, and the window of opportunity for Indiana Jones has probably already expired. You only have so much time in which you can continue the series and have them remain relevent. Fifty years from now, will the next generation appreciate and enjoy the original Indiana Jones films like we do now? After a hundred years, the threat of Nazism will have diminished greatly in the minds of most the world. To sum it all up, I think trying to continue the IJ franchise is a losing battle from the start-impossible to do successfully, and eventually worthless even if accomplished.

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