UPDATE: Harrison Ford's reps have since denied that the actor made the below statements.

Fans weren't thrilled with the end of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' but do they really need to see Indy die?

You should probably go ahead and take this nugget with all the grains of salt you can find, but gossip website Showbiz Spy is claiming that Harrison Ford is intent upon killing the world's favorite wise-cracking adventurer, though he swore we'd never see Indiana die only two years ago. According to one of those eternally elusive Hollywood insiders, "Harrison thinks it would be good for [Indiana Jones] to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next [sequel]."

For what it's worth, that same insider thinks that series creator / richest living Ewok George Lucas isn't particularly keen on the idea, but that director Steven Spielberg is considering it. Conflict! The insider offers that "George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it. Funnily enough Harrison wanted the same for Han Solo in the final 'Star Wars' but George put an end to it. This time he doesn't have all the say though."

The article -- which enjoys spelling Spielberg's first name with as "Stephen" and later offers an engrossing account of a recent incident in which Harrison Ford was carded as he attempted to buy beer -- is probably not the definitive source for all things Indiana Jones, but it does underscore the unsure future of a widely beloved franchise. Despite the fact that it was a fun, fluid, and frenzied bit of adventure filmmaking (which featured Cate Blanchett as the sexiest Communist in the known universe), 2008's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' didn't exactly satisfy audiences who had grown up with Harrison Ford's iconic anti-hero. Between the marriage, the fridge-nuking, and the Shia LaBeouf, many fans felt as if their favorite fedora-ed character had been irrevocably neutered.

Of course, the film grossed $786 million worldwide, so it's a safe bet that some of the rumors about a fifth film will eventually cohere into something real. But by the time cameras start to roll Ford is going to be over seventy years old, and if his performance as The Crypt-keeper Mike Pomeroy in 'Morning Glory' is any indication, he's going to be seventy years old. Whether he walks off into the sunset or pulls a bait-and-switch first act death like Steven Seagal in the immortal 'Executive Decision,' the next Indiana Jones is likely going to be Ford's last. But does the franchise have any future without him?

The short-lived TV show was worlds removed from the theatrical trilogy, and there's no telling whether or not audiences would respond to future movies if they were left with Shia LaBeouf's character. With other adventure films like 'Uncharted' on the horizon, 'Mutt Williams and the Bermuda Triangle' may be best left in George Lucas' imagination. What do you guys think? If the films were of a certain quality, would you mind if the powers that be handed the franchise down to another generation? Why does Ford want all of his iconic characters dead? More pressingly, would you like to see another Indiana Jones film at all, or would you rather that they simply left it alone? Let us know in the comments below!
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