At a free screening of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford said they are "hopeful" about making a fifth Indiana Jones film. Although, perhaps in a dig at 'Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls' alien plot, Ford announced that his alter ego "ain't going to Mars."
"Maybe a fifth..." Ford said. "Next time we get a script for Indiana Jones, I'd be delighted to play the character. Each time we meet him, we wanted to advance the audience's understanding of the character, not just by putting him in adventures, but by learning something about him...that's what led to the meeting of his father [in 'The Last Crusade'], played by Sean Connery, and his son [in 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'], played by Shia [LaBoeuf], and bringing Marion [Karen Allen] back."
When a fan in the audience whooped at the mention of a fifth film, Spielberg joked, "I think that's the one we didn't alienate with the fourth."
Other revelations from the evening: Spielberg first got the idea to cast Ford as Indy when he was viewing a rough cut of 'The Empire Strikes Back,' and had to talk George Lucas into seeing Ford as anyone other than Han Solo.
When Ford joked that Spielberg has only ever cast him as Indiana Jones, Spielberg insisted he'd first offered the role of Alan Grant in 'Jurassic Park' to him. Wonder how Sam Neill feels about that?
Spielberg also explained his (previously stated) reason for not tinkering with his earlier films, a stance that will please fans who are so outraged by pal Lucas's constant revisions to his movies:
"I tried this once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction -- including parents who had been less than pleased with the guns in the film] to 'E.T.,' and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]...it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved 'E.T.' of their memories of 'E.T.'"Hear, hear. Spielberg then polled the audience, who overwhelmingly voted for the original 'E.T.' to be released on Blu-ray.
How awesome is Spielberg for giving fans the movie versions they remember? And do you want to see a fifth Indiana Jones film?
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