Harrison Ford up for Indy 5

There are a few film series that really get me excited: Star Trek, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones. There have been plenty of trips to the well for Star Trek, Star Wars is going back currently, but only Indiana Jones hasn’t gotten the lovin’ that the other two have. I’d be happy for new adventures in novels, comic books and even cartoons (but don’t ask me how you’d get cartoon Nazis past the producers). At the San Diego Comic-Con, Harrison Ford did a quick interview with Chris Eggertsen of Hitfix.com and answered a few questions. The first one got my attention!

“Harrison Ford said he’d be more than willing to come back for another go-round as the iconic archaeologist/adventurer – just so long as the story was right.

‘Would I?’ he asked rhetorically, cracking a smile. ‘Yeah, I would be happy to do another. If we came up with a good script, I’d be happy to do it.’

Of course, the real reason for Ford’s visit to the big pop-culture convention was not to talk about old franchises but to promote Ender’s Game, the suddenly-controversial adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling sci-fi novel. So is the Star Wars actor himself a fan of the genre?

‘I just work here,’ he quipped. ‘I don’t really care if…a movie’s about cowboys and Indians, or cops or robbers, or it takes place in space. I care about the human relationships, the emotional values, the ambition of the thing.’

So what made Ender’s Game the right project?

‘I was appreciative of the group of skilled people that were brought together to make the movie,’ he told me. ‘And I knew that there was an ambition to make a really good movie. …[with] a lot of moral themes. There was a question of using young people for warfare, in warfare, training them as warriors. …There are all kinds of issues of conscience and responsibility that are addressed.’”

Granted, it was only a two line response to Indy, but I’d love to see it. Steven Spielberg has stated several times in the past that he’d be willing to do another Indy if George Lucas came up with the script. However, since Mr. Lucas has given up control on Indy, and Star Wars, and recently gotten married, I think making movies is the last thing on his mind. I think it’s time to start turning to “outside sources” for where to go with Dr. Jones. I can only wonder what’s going through the minds of the executives at Disney who now control the fate of the world’s greatest archeologist.


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.


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