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Despite being on the job to promote The Call of the Wild, Harrison Ford has been whipping up hype for Indiana Jones 5, which reportedly starts filming in late Spring or early Summer 2020 after a series of delays and rewrites. There was also talks of rebooting the franchise with a younger actor, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy put those rumors to rest by confirming that Indy 5 would be a “continuation” with Ford still wearing the classic fedora.
In an interview with Hey U Guys, Ford addressed the lengthy development process and set some lofty goals for the fifth installment. Specifically, that he’s not interested in making a new Indiana Jones movie that doesn’t deliver the same spectacle as Marvel:
“I don’t really want to give them what they want to see, I want to give them something they didn’t anticipate,” said Ford. “They are used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit. Certainly, the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of a success of worked the other way around, they killed it! Well, we’re not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we are in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. We’ve got some scheduling issues and a few script things to do but we are determined to get it right before we get it made.”
Details about the film’s plots are still under wraps, but Ford did drop a tiny tidbit while sitting down with IGN:
“Well, I’m not going to share the story with you because that doesn’t seem like a good idea,” Ford began. “But we’ll see new developments in his life, his relationship. We’ll see part of his history resolved.”
As for fans who are worried that Indy 5 will be more Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and less Raiders of the Lost Ark, both George Lucas and Shia LaBeouf won’t be returning, which means no CGI gophers or Tarzan Shia moments. It’s a start.
Via Hey U Guys, THR, IGN
Harrison Ford is one actor who is no stranger to blockbuster franchises throughout his career. During an interview promoting his new film The Call of the Wild, the veteran actor weighed in on lessons he learned from the success of the MCU franchise and how he hopes to apply them to the planned Indiana Jones 5.'I don't really want to give them what they want to see, I want to give them something they didn't anticipate. They are used to a degree of disappointment when you revisit. Certainly, the Marvel movies have made a spectacular example of a success of worked the other way around, they killed it! Well, we're not going to make another Indiana Jones unless we are in a position to kill it. We want it to be the best. We've got some scheduling issues and a few script things to do but we are determined to get it right before we get it made.'
Certainly welcome news for fans of the Indiana Jones franchise, who have been burned in the past, particularly by the fourth Indiana Jones movie which was widely criticized for failing to capture the spirit of the original trilogy. There were concerns in certain fan quarters that the studio saw the series as nothing but a cash cow and would continue to pump out one sub-standard film in the franchise after another, and even bring in a new actor to play Jones.
These fears had previously been negated by Harrison Ford, with him asserting that he will continue to be the one to play the adventurous archeologist, and the character will retire along with him. And now it seems the actor is keeping a close eye on developments for the fifth Indy movie with a view to make sure it is something that fans can be surprised as well as entertained by.The reference to Marvel's success is yet another example of the powerful hold the MCU has over the imaginations of Hollywood studios. There have been multiple attempts to replicate Marvel's success with other cinematic universes, like Universal's Dark Universe consisting of Dracula, The Werewolf and their sinister ilk, Legendary's Monsterverse featuring Godzilla and his kaiju cronies, and of course, the DCEU.
None of these universes have managed to maintain the kind of consistent success that the MCU enjoys, so it is understandable that Marvel's cinematic universe would now be considered the gold standard against which to measure the success of other franchises.
Ford himself has managed to stay out of the MCU up to this point, but interestingly the MCU has already tipped its hat to Indiana Jones in the past. Fans of the original Guardians of the Galaxy will remember that the leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill, was a galaxy hopping bounty hunter with more than a few similarities to Jones. In fact, the very first scene in the film, where Quill enters an alien temple to retrieve an infinity stone, was a reworking of the famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy retrieves a golden idol from a similar-looking location. This story...
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John Oliver made his return to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” on March 29 after a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the late night host wasted no time ripping Donald Trump for his “failed” and “irresponsible” response to the global pandemic. As Oliver said, “Again and again, Trump has failed to give this crisis the seriousness it deserves…It didn't need to be this hard. That is why it is so profoundly disheartening that we are being led through this crisis by a man who may be less equipped to deal with this historical moment than anyone in recorded history.”
“It's critically important for America to be getting a clear, consistent message about the severity of the threat we're currently facing,” Oliver added. “That is the only way we will be able to manage this virus, contain casualties, and get back to something resembling normalcy.”
Oliver expressed criticism over Trump’s delay in responding to the coronavirus threat, noting that Trump could have helped solve the nationwide shortage in hospital masks and ventilators by enacting the Defense Production Act as early as late January or February. Had Trump made the move, he would have pushed companies like General Motors to produce supplies sooner. Oliver argued Trump waited too long, only to tell the country that his administration is ahead of the outbreak.
“It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate just how irresponsible that attitude is,” Oliver said. “Because we wasted so much time that we could have spent preparing, the virus is now widespread. And thanks to how we have massively botched the rollout of testing the virus, we still don’t know how exactly how bad things are.”
Oliver added, “For once, something has come along that is more toxic and more threatening that this president.” The television host concluded by saying he is “rooting for [Trump] to do this better,” pointing to how Ohio governor Mike DeWine and New York governor Andrew Cuomo have responded.
The March 29 episode of “Last Week Tonight” was Oliver’s first since signing off for a hiatus on March 16. During that episode, Oliver blasted Trump’s coronavirus response as “catastrophic” and urged Americans to listen to the Center of Disease Control over the President when it comes to facts about the pandemic. Oliver said the White House’s response was a “complete mess” because of all the lies Trump has told the American people.
New episodes of “Last Week Tonight” air Sunday nights at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.