Welcome the The Raven's latest forum. You - and the filmmakers - have been discussing Indy 5 for years, and those threads can be found here. If we missed one, let us know!
Speculation about Indy's possible small screen future excluding video games (animated series, motion capture series, live action series, webisodes, holiday special) still belongs in the General Indiana Jones Discussion.
I just want to say that it's a great idea to make an Indiana Jones 5 subforum! Even in times like these, when news is scarce, it gives me the feeling there's still progression. Plus, this way Lucas and Spielberg might feel some more pressure to hurry up. Hooray for the Raven!
^I think it'll be even more depressing in a few years when it's obviously no Indy 5 will ever be made.
And this message comes from a confirmed cynic. I have a feeling that we will wish Indy V was never made. What we hope will be an apology for failing to hit all the marks in KOTCS, may be another nail in poor old Indy's coffin.
But, to mis-quote from Monty Python, "Always [try] look on the bright side."
My answer? Because the speculation before we had any real knowledge of the fourth film was in many respects more thrilling than the film itself.
Absolutely. I can honestly say that I enjoyed many of the dramatic possibilities that were put forth on these forums far more than my first viewing of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In my mind, some of the ideas that have been discussed here would have made far better films than the one we finally got.
When I saw an Indy 5 sub-forum I assumed there must have been some big breaking news and was excited. Oh well, I still think Indy 5 has a decent chance of being made, even for filming to take place next summer. I know one of the scriptwriters said in an article "we are not planning filming next year" but that was in response to false gossip stating it was going to be filmed next year as a point of fact. So that statement should not be taken to mean filming will not take place next year but rather that nothing is definitive.
That being said if filming will take place next year the official word would have to come before the end of the year. KOTCS got the official word out of a green light a few days after Christmas 2006 if I recall.
Cowboys and aliens could be seen as a dress rehearsal for Indy 5 proving he still has it, if he can pull of playing a cowboy at 68 years old in that movie he could pull of playing Indiana Jones at 69 years old next year.
By request, here's another link to my collection of Indy 5 chatter from people who would know. Maybe someday we'll move it to the main site for rumor control. Just the facts, no commentary, not even here. If I missed something let me know! http://moedred.livejournal.com/6781.html
November 30, 1979
Variety: "Confirming one of the most talked-about deals in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute worldwide the Lucasfilm production of Raiders of the Lost Ark, along with four sequels to the property."
That's the most interesting find in that link, it confirms the "five films" rumor that has existed from the very start. Granted in another thread people already stated that it probably just gives Paramount the right to distribute the films if Lucasfilm chooses to make that many and its not an obligation to make five but perhaps its enough to convince the powers that be that a fifth films would just bring the sense of psychological completion for the franchise.
When I was a little kid around the time of Last Crusade's release I remember hearing that there were supposed to be "five Indiana Jones movies" in all. Then again this was the around the same time I first heard that Star Wars is supposed to have "nine episodes" so both are perhaps examples of Lucas doublespeak. However the former goal is certainly much more doable than the latter.