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That 'Indiana Jones 5' Movie You Didn't Want Probably Won't Happen Now That George Lucas Is Retired

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 26, 2012 at 1:23PM

Nobody knows better how to milk a franchise until it's creatively bankrupt than George Lucas. Having driven "Star Wars" down the wormhole of prequels, animated spinoffs, video games and more, taking it straight into oblivion, it seemed the Indiana Jones franchise was next on his list. As if enduring "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" wasn't enough, last fall Steven Spielberg revealed that Lucas had sort of cracked the nut on a fifth movie, figuring out what the MacGuffin would be, but hadn't yet put the story together. But it seems that's as far as it will ever get.
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Photo: Steven Spielberg Clarifies 'Indiana Jones 5' Comments; Says Genre Of Film Won't Change, But MacGuffin Will

Nobody knows better how to milk a franchise until it's creatively bankrupt than George Lucas. Having driven "Star Wars" down the wormhole of prequels, animated spinoffs, video games and more, taking it straight into oblivion, it seemed the Indiana Jones franchise was next on his list. As if enduring "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" wasn't enough, last fall Steven Spielberg revealed that Lucas had sort of cracked the nut on a fifth movie, figuring out what the MacGuffin would be, but hadn't yet put the story together. But it seems that's as far as it will ever get.

Chatting with Collider, producer Frank Marshall said that 'Crystal Skull' was likely the last time Indy was going to crack the whip. “I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah.  I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin,” he said, contradicting Spielberg's comments.

As you might remember, George Lucas announced earlier this year he was stepping away from LucasFilm to focus on making experimental movies in his garage (or something). Spielberg's longtime producing partner (and Marshall's wife) Kathleen Kennedy has replaced him on the board, and that's another indication he's done with Indy. “Yeah, no he isn’t [hungry to do another Indiana Jones]. And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife, so..." Marshall said.

But of course, Lucas is never done tinkering with his work and whether or not he's at LucasFilm, it's a brand that keeps the company moving. So even if Harrison Ford might not reprise his role and Steven Spielberg may not direct, we'd guess prequels, another "Young Indiana Jones" series or hell, even a reboot aren't off the table. Indy dead as far as Lucas/Spielberg/Ford is concerned? Sure. As a franchise? Never say never.

This article is related to: Indiana Jones 5, Frank Marshall


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