Last week, The Sunday Telegraph in the UK had a brief interview with George Lucas talking about the potential of doing a fifth “Indiana Jones” movie. The fourth movie is looking to be this year’s third-biggest movie, having grossed over $300 million, and Lucas would be interested in carrying on if they can find an idea that works for another installment… and if Harrison Ford remains on board.
Newsweek has run a story from AP Television who sat down with Lucas to talk about the upcoming animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars and when they asked about the future of the franchise, Lucas told them that he has no plans of turning it over to Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams, as some thought might happen:
“He is Indiana Jones,” Lucas said of (Harrison) Ford. “If Indiana Jones wasn’t in it, you’d have to call it ‘Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.’ … “Yeah, it’s ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis.'”
Lucas also repeats what he said earlier about the future of “Indiana Jones” relying on his own creative thoughts on what they could do next with the character:
“The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea,” Lucas said. “And that series is very research-intensive. So we’re doing research now to see if we can’t come up with another object for him to chase… hopefully we’ll come up with something.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.