Recasting a popular role in Hollywood seems to almost be a weekly thing these days – so when Steven Spielberg tells us that he doesn’t ever see Indiana Jones being recast, we tend to sit up and pay attention.
Speaking with Screen Daily this past week, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker, revered as one of the greatest in history, spoke of Indiana Jones future and where he saw the characters future lying after Harrison Ford retired from the iconic character.
“I don’t think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”
Director, Indiana Jones
It’s certainly understandable that the War Horse director feels this way about his beloved character, especially in an environment hellbent on diluting characters will constant cast changes – most recently the drama surrounding Spider-Man.
Many Marvel fans saw Andrew Garfield as the perfect actor to transition the role into the multi-billion dollar Avengers franchise, but saw his time as Peter Parker cut short after only playing character on two occasions.
Perhaps when you have a role as iconic as Indiana Jones and an actor who has defined that role, it’s almost impossible to reboot the franchise with someone else – a dilemma not to dissimilar to Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. The Oscar-nominated actor has almost become one his superhero character to the point where it wouldn’t work with someone else in the role – when we see Iron Man we see RDJ, and vice-versa.
Only time will tell on Indiana Jones‘ future, especially with recent reports linking Hollywood heavyweight Chris Pratt to the role, but for now we can at least expect another outing for Harrison Ford as the famous archaeologist, not to mention his return to the much loved Star Wars franchise.
For a film that took 11 years to get off the ground, it appears that Ryan Reynolds unwavering patience with Marvel is about to see the studio giant make an absolute killing off it’s newest franchise, Deadpool.
The R-rated origins story about foul-mouthed anti-hero Wade Wilson has already shattered box office records as it continues to reign victorious at the top of the global box office, having now surpassed the $300 million dollar mark. Not bad for a film with a production budget a little south of $60 million.
Based on the character first seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds has spent the best part of 11 years convincing the big-wigs over at Marvel to fund his Deadpool project – often seeing it shelved in place of other projects such as Ant-Man and Spider-Man reboots.
But now having made the studio a whole pile of money for a relatively small investment (as far as superhero blockbusters go), it appears Reynolds has finally shredded the disappointing memory of Green Lantern in the most spectacular and ingeniously creative way possible.
With a sequel already green lighted by the studio and colossal fanbase heading back again and again to see first installment, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool a lot in the foreseeable future.
Its no surprise that Twentieth Century Fox has decided to pull the Fantastic Four sequel from its schedule, having previous insisted that the doomed franchise reboot would continue on despite the first film becoming one of the biggest flops of all time.
The studio giant has seen a painful year in box office takings thanks largely in part to the catastrophe that is the Fantastic Four reboot – what was meant to be the growing Jewel in its 2015 schedule, Fantastic Four made only $167 million worldwide from a production budget that cost almost $220 million, when you factor in its marketing.
Now Fox obviously sees no hope it saving the franchise, and having pulled the 2017 sequel release, may decide to scrap it entirely and possibly sell the rights back to Marvel. Fantastic Four was meant to offer a whole new diverse look on Marvel‘s original franchise, opting for a younger cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, but after initial critics panned the reboot, it didn’t take long until audiences decided to snub the summer blockbuster.
The franchise was riddled with controversy before its release, most notably when director Josh Trank publically slammed his movie, taking to Twitter to accuse Fox of diluting his original story;
“A year ago I had a fantastic version of this [film]. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”
Regardless of the past, with no director willing to continue the story and with the cast unlikely to continue with their characters, it’s probably not such a bad idea to scrap the franchise all together – though if Spider-Man had taught us anything, it’s to expect Hollywood to reboot be franchise in the near future.
You really can’t keep an old dog down – especially in Hollywood.
Just a couple of months on from Steven Spielberg’s comments that “there is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford…“, it appears the Oscar-winning director is sticking to his guns by confirming another Indie film is in the pipeline starring Mr Ford once again.
It’s surprising considering the box-office flop of the last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which hit cinemas back in 2008 to disappointing reviews – mostly due to the unnecessary ‘extraterrestrial’ nature of the story.
Regardless of personal feelings regarding the franchise, Spielberg and Ford are clearly not finished with the adventurous character, despite many believing Shia Lebeouf, who played Indiana Jones son in the last film, would take over leading man duties for a brand new franchise – though such plans never came to fruition.
Disney clearly have a lot of faith in Harrison Ford’s ability to still pull in the masses – not surprising considering the colossal success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens which saw Ford return to another iconic role after almost 30 years.
The trailer is finally here for Captain America: Civil War, the most dramatic installment of Marvel‘s record-breaking ‘Avengers’ franchise, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr who’s characters go head-to-head.
When a new bill is passed by the US Senate requiring all superheroes to make themselves known to the US government, the once strong Avengers find themselves divided between Captain America (Evans) who’s opposed to the law, and Iron Man (Downey Jr) who’s for it.
Captain Ameica: Civil War, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Elizabeth Olsen, will also introduce a whole new set of hereos to the universe including Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). It hits cinemas worldwide from April 29, 2016.
Check out the trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Now You See Me – starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo.
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.