UPDATE: Frank Marshall’s twitter:
The rumor about INDY 5 is completely false. Nothing has changed, we are not shooting next year and still in the research phase…
A source for New Zealand site Stuff claims to have details on the fifth entry in the Indiana Jones series: apparently the “conclusion to the franchise” will take Indy & co. into the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Many planes having been reported missing in this weird area of the North Atlantic Ocean, it seems like a fitting setting for an Indy adventure; Steven Spielberg and George Lucas could come up with all sorts of crazy things to have going on within it.
According to the source, Indiana Jones 5 will begin shooting next year, Lucas and Spielberg having almost completed the script. Shia LaBeouf will reportedly return as Indy’s son, but apparently the film will go back to the series’s “roots,” as opposed to opting for a special effects bonanza like the one seen in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:
“Shia LaBeouf has a central role again as Indy’s son but this will be a blockbuster made in the old fashioned way rather than the CGI efforts of the last movie.”
The source interestingly refers to the fifth film as an “emotional and exciting conclusion” (note conclusion), and says that Indiana will face his “biggest challenge yet.” I guess the holy grail, aliens, and heart-ripping sorcerer-types still weren’t enough.
While I didn’t think Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a necessary addition to the series, it was pretty fun, and I enjoyed it more than most. Though it’d be cool if Spielberg and Lucas could successfully end the franchise with a film that returns to the quality of The Last Crusade. It’s a gamble, considering they could just take the whole thing even further downhill. I love Spielberg’s work, but are we gonna trust the guy responsible for the Star Wars prequels?