According to SlashFilm.Com, the strong rumors making the rounds that the Indiana Jones franchise would be "rebooted" with Bradley Cooper donning the famed fedora for a new generation are incorrect.
"We’ve contacted a high-placing source who tells /Film the below story is not true.", they said.
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"There are rumors, there are big rumors, and then there are stories like this. A new report says Disney, which recently acquired the rights to release more Indiana Jones films, is looking to go the James Bond route with the character. That is, the company could recast him for years to come. Who would don the fedora after Harrison Ford? Rumor has it Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list."
"According to Latino Review, Cooper is just one name on a longer list of actors who may, or in most cases may not play Indiana Jones moving ahead. They also say Frank Darabont, who wrote an infinitely better script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull than the one produced, has already pitched an idea for a new movie. Are these claims true? Latino Review is often pretty spot on with these rumors, even when they make their way through the laundry and come out years later."
"Let’s take Bradley Cooper and Frank Darabont and put them aside for a second. The idea of Indiana Jones becoming an American James Bond, meaning various actors could continue the role for decades in the future, is actually a pretty great idea. In most people’s minds, no one will ever touch Sean Connery when it comes to James Bond. But the franchise didn’t end with him. We still have that performance, those films, yet we get new Bond movies every few years and some of them — Skyfall for example — are absolutely fantastic. Even the least-loved Bond actors have fans."
"Indiana Jones has that potential. He doesn’t have to grow older with each film. Why not hit the reset button and continue forward? We’d still have Ford’s iconic films, yet we’d have new ones too. Of course, this will put the original four movies and TV show in a bit of an odd light, but after a good movie or two, no one will care. Again, this is not definite. It’s a rumor — a huge rumor — and Bradley Cooper and Frank Darabont are just possible names attached to it. But if this is true? Wow. Talk about the doors it opens."
I am unsure how to feel about this. The word iconic is thrown around with too much ease these days, but Ford's portrayal of Jones certainly is. It is impossible for me - or many others - who grew up on these films, to imagine anyone else in the role.
Then again, Indiana Jones SHOULD be a young man. He should be vital and full of life. Take a look at the picture above...and then think back to the Indiana Jones in "Crystal Skull". What would hurt the franchise more - a fresh, young Indy or Harrison Ford going through another movie constantly joking about how old he is?
But then again, Harrison Ford has been who we think of as Indy for over three decades now. That makes him different from various comic characters, whom fans are used to seeing different takes of in the comic books themselves, lnot to mention various animated series.
Even Connery only played the role for less than a decade..It seems longer because he was the first, arguably the best and shot his films with much less of a gap between them.
Of course, the Harrison Ford Indy everyone loves really only existed in the '80s for three films and the second of those was not well-received. Is this a case of remembering things as better than they were?
Of course, Hollywood could take the hint from films like the first "Hunger Games", "Frozen" and "Divergent" that audiences are hungry for something more original and cast Bradley Cooper in the role of a fresh new adventurer and let Indiana Jones rest..
Of course, this IS Disney we're talking about. If we're getting "Finding Dory", "Incredibles 2" and "Cars 3", there is very little reason to think we won't eventually see either "Indiana Jones 5" with Ford or a rebooted franchise.
The only question is which, if either, of those options should be looked forward to.
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