Shia LaBeouf to return for Indiana Jones 5: Still Nukin’ the ‘Fridge!

Posted on 16 June 2009 by Quaid

There is a lot of venom out there against the last Indiana Jones movie.  While the most recent film is nowhere near the quality of the original trilogy, I still enjoyed it.

indianajonesmuttBut there is one big thing someone once said that’s stuck with me: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the only movie in the series where Indie’s participation is incidental.

Think about it…Mutt would have gone to rescue his mother regardless.  Most of the stuff in the film happens to Indie, not because of him.   In many ways, he was a side character.

I fully expect that the next Indiana Jones film will follow along the same lines.  The franchise minded George Lucas has said that he’d like for LaBeouf’s Mutt to become the new Indiana, and news today confirms to me that this is still the eventual plan.

In an interview with the BBC, Shia LaBeouf revealed that ”Steven (Spielberg) just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they’re gearing that up,”

A lot of people will roll their eyes at this, but I’ll hold off for a while.  The bottom line is that as long as the Indiana Jones  franchise has any name recognition at all, movies will get made.  And they will make money.  So if someone’s going to take on the mantle of the aging adventure character, it might as well be Shia LaBeouf, who I’ve been a fan of for a long time.

It’s just so hard for me to be cynical about Indie.  They might make five more features that are all duds, but I’ll be cheering for each and every one of them.  There is something so exciting and ageless and magical about the tone of these films, and no other movie franchise has quite been able to copy it.

Just get rid of the helpful warrior monkey tribe, for God’s sake.  This isn’t Return of the Jedi, George.                           

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Fanboy Says:

    So why no love for Transformers 2, since you are such the Shia fanboy?

  2. Quaid Says:

    While I didn’t like the first Transformers, I always defended Shia in it. In fact, I think his quirky sensibilities and earnestness are some of the best things in the film (along with John Turturro’s wacky performance that seems to be coming out of a whole other movie). Where the movie fell short, IMO, is in the character development, story etc. Never let it be said that you can’t have a bad movie with some really good performances in it…I think that’s what we got with Transformers, and I have a feeling that might be what we get with Transformers 2.

    And every good piece of acting from Shia was erased by the frustratingly bad acting of Megan Fox. Though she is pretty to look out, so I won’t complain about that aspect TOO much.

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