ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

With everyone focused on "Star Wars", it appears Disney is quietly going about bringing new adventures of George Lucas's other classic film series to the big screen.

According to Deadline, Disney seems to be looking at Chris Pratt wearing the famous fedora and cracking the iconic bullwhip:

Here’s one from the helluva good idea department. Marvel offerings are soaring and Star Wars is being reinvigorated by director JJ Abrams. Now, Disney has just started to turn its attention to reviving the Indiana Jones franchise after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. I’m cautioned that while things are very early, I hear the studio has set its sights on Chris Pratt as the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around, the role made famous by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Pratt jumped to leading man movie status with his performance in last year’s blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy for Marvel and Disney. He starts The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in April for MGM and Sony, and there’s the inevitable Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel. Disney won’t comment and all this is admittedly early, so let’s chalk it up as a dishy informed rumor for now and keep an eye on it.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. To me, Indiana Jones is one of THE cool, original characters from my childhood. Unlike Batman, Spider-Man and many others, I saw Harrison Ford's Jones onscreen first - and no one else has ever played him.

To me, the best idea would be for Disney to do a real passing-of-the-torch film, with Ford passing the bullwhip to his son, who would be played by Pratt a more grown-up version of the character played by Shia I-Have-A-Bag-On_My-Head. Otherwise, there will always be constant comparisons - and Pratt will never measure up in the eyes of many, despite his current popularity.

What do the rest of you think?


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