Originally Posted by Jonesy9906753
Overall I think you are right,but hear me out here. I agree that if it steers too far in the direction of the hammy Blaxplotation/Bond structure, it wouldn't stand on it's own.But i'd say that if the concept of black magic in that region can be explored from a serious angle, the story has potential. The more you involve Indy with a mythology he doesn't fully understand, the more it adds interest and suspense to how he gets from A-Z in the story.
The only way I can see it working is if Indy went full on pulp horror (even moreso than TOD) and worked it into the story in a way that hasn't been done before in film. Even then, I can see such a film having a very polarizing reaction, much like the last one. Even though it is an interesting idea. I also echo the concerns expressed above that it could be too close to Temple of Doom.
I believe that Indy has to literally meet God in some way in the next film. He's discovered the Ark of the Covenant, the Grail, Sankara Stones, and seen that we're not alone in the universe. This is Indy's last ride, and definitely Harrison's last. I remember years ago, before KOTCS, people talked about having the Garden of Eden or other such Genesis related stories be the forefront - I think we need to go in that direction. One of my modern day pulp heroes (Gotrek from the Warhammer Fantasy universe) finally meets his destiny in the last novel - he doesn't die, as he always hoped he would. His fate instead is to become a God; to battle the forces of evil and keep them at bay for eternity. Some sort of amazing leap like that - if done right - not making Indy a God, but having him finally meet 'God' in some way without killing him (but also making it such that Harrion's Indy can't go on further adventure) could be a wonderful send-off. Would tie it back to the idea of using the Ark to talk to God that Belloq suggested in Raiders, and the implication in LC that Indy is a neo-Knight, chosen by God.