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Harrison Ford talks INDIANA JONES 5

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 10th, 2010

One question Harrison Ford will inevitably be asked, as he does press for his new film EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, is "What's the deal with INDY 5?" Just last week, as Ford was in Dallas to promote the film, we ourselves asked the man himself where he would like to see the story and character go (check out that interview HERE). It would seem that MTV also asked the reserved Mr. Ford a similar question, concerning where he would like to see the series progress to. While he was still reluctant to open up about what has been talked about behind closed doors, Ford did give a few interesting tidbits.

Check out what Doctor Jones had to say after the jump.

"I don't think I'll do it in a wheelchair," Ford said, concerning the fact that he doesn't belong in a museum yet. "George [Lucas] is working on an idea, and if it comes to a fruitful stage, all of us are very interested in making another."

As Ford told Gordon and the Whale, the process of deciding on an idea is quite democratic, as he, Lucas and director Steven Spielberg must all agree on an idea before they move forward. However, it has long been known that Lucas is, as Ford called him "the fountainhead" for the series.

In reference to Lucas' idea for a fifth film, Ford has previously said that it is "crazy but great," adding "Some of the best ideas are crazy ideas, you know?" Let's just hope that doesn't mean "swinging from a vine" crazy.

As for what territory Ford would like to see the story go, he said "I think it would be interesting to advance the understanding of the character, as we always have had that ambition throughout the series." He added "I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son [Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf] and play on that relationship. ... It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity."

Opportunity indeed. When we last left Indy, he found out he had a Junior of his own (and possible inheritor to the whip and fedora) as well as sewed his wild oats by finally settling down with on again off again love Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen). These life situations are vastly different from where we've seen the unattached archaeologist before.

When asked if he was curious to see what Indiana Jones would be like with a wife, Ford said "Sure. Sure. I think it would be nice grace notes." He went on to say, in reference to Allen, "Karen's a wonderful actress, I've always enjoyed working with her," he added. "I'm hoping that there'll be a part for all of us in the next one."

Let's just hope "all of us" doesn't include monkeys, groundhogs or scowling aliens.

Despite the critical reaction to KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, many also said they just enjoyed seeing the character return to the big screen. I for one throughly enjoyed CRYSTAL SKULL, despite it's obvious qualities that made it feel out-of-place with the original trilogy. What are your opinions? Do you look forward to seeing Indy swing again? Or do you feel that, at this point, the series belongs in a crate buried deep within a warehouse amongst the other artifacts?

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