Indiana Jones is one of those series that will never die – or at least, not until the eternally energetic does. Despite an older Harrison and a peculiarly self-deprecating ('I feel like I dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished'), the fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull got a healthy, if mixed critical response – 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also voted one of Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time by Empire magazine's readers. Oh yeah, and one other thing – it made almost $800 million in box office takings on a budget of $185 million. So it's no surprise that a fifth Indiana Jones movie has been in the pipeline for a while now.
Things have gone a little quiet recently with regards to a sequel, especially since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, but now 71 year old Harrison Ford is leading a one-man campaign for a fifth film, arguing his age shouldn't pose an obstacle:
'We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it's perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn't necessarily have to kick as much ass,' he said in an interview with The Telegraph.
'To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.'
The last we heard, George Lucas was penning the script and struggling to find a 'Macguffin' for the plot. Since then, Lucas has retired from making big movies, so this could mean the script would have to be passed over to someone else.
I imagine the real deciding factor is whether or not the fans want it – would you? Sound off below, and let me know what you thought of the fourth film if you caught it in cinemas.