Earlier this week, we reported that Harrison Ford may be re-cast in Indiana Jones 5, with Disney and LucasFilm possibly eyeing a franchise reboot that would star Bradley Cooper as a younger version of the title character. That report from Latino Review also claimed that The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont pitched a new take to the studios, although no details were given for his potential story.
"This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it. I have not pitched an idea for a proposed Indiana Jones movie, nor has anybody approached me with such an idea. The inaccurate report on Latino Review was the first I'd heard of it."
Before Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was made in 2008, Frank Darabont actually wrote a draft for this sequel entitled Indiana Jones and the City of Gods, which was set in the 1950s and followed ex-Nazi's pursuing the archaeologist. While Steven Spielberg reportedly enjoyed the draft, George Lucas did not, leading him to craft the story himself for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Frank Marshall refused to even acknowledge the reboot rumor, which likely means the Bradley Cooper portion of that original story is not true either. Here's what the producer had to say on his Twitter page Wednesday, revealing that he will not comment on any of his projects until there is real news to share, while offering a humorous tweet about a certain pop star that is certainly not in the mix to play Indy.
Due to the ridiculous rumors that keep popping up, like agents pipe dreams, I will stop commenting on our projects until I have real news.— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 26, 2014
I can only confirm that Katy Perry will NOT be the new Indiana Jones.— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 26, 2014
The original story from earlier this week revealed that Disney has a shrinking timetable in which to make Indiana Jones 5, and that the studio is "100% prepared" to reboot the franchise with a younger actor, in a potential move that was compared to the James Bond franchise's re-casting of 007 over the past 50 years.
Back in December, Disney acquired the Indiana Jones franchise rights from LucasFilm, although Disney chairman Alan Horn revealed later that month that Indiana Jones 5 is still several years away from happening. With Disney now in control of the franchise, Indiana Jones 5 will surely happen at some point in time. The only question is when?
We also reported last month that Harrison Ford is actually in talks to return as Indy in two new movies. Harrison Ford is believed to return as Han Solo in Disney/LucasFilm's Star Wars: Episode VII first, although that casting has still not been confirmed.
Are you still on board with Harrison Ford donning the hat and whip once again? Or would you rather see a younger star take his place? Chime in with your thoughts below.