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January 12, 2017
Frank Marshall: "There is only one Indiana Jones, and he’s it. I think you saw that there’s only one Han Solo, and he did it, so I am very positive he’ll be able to pull it off again."
Q: Kill off Indy and replace actor?
Frank Marshall: "I hadn’t thought about that. We are not going to do that."

February 22, 2017
IMAX: IMAX Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company, announced today that both companies have extended their multi-faceted agreement with a new multi-picture deal, beginning this year and extending through 2019. Highlights of the agreement include IMAX's involvement in the release of Lucasfilm's untitled Indiana Jones film.

February 25, 2017
Q: Play a villain?
Mark Hamill: "Not only would I love that, I would love to be - remember The List in Adrian Messenger when they had all these Hollywood stars in elaborate makeup where you couldn't recognize them? I think it would be so cool to not even take billing and do a bald cap and dark glasses and moustache and do an accent. I love those movies so much and I would love to play a villain."

March 10, 2017
Jim Broadbent: "I haven’t heard. I’d be willing."

April 25, 2017
Star Wars: The fifth chapter of the Indiana Jones series is now confirmed for a July 10, 2020 release. Both Steven Spielberg, director of every Indiana Jones film, and star Harrison Ford will return.

May 9, 2017
Q: Do you think Fate of Atlantis can be made into a movie?
Noah Falstein: "Can be - sure! Will be - very unlikely. Steven Spielberg enjoyed it - he is a hard-core game player, I have a lot of stories of seeing how dedicated to games he is - but he has plenty of ideas of his own about Indiana Jones, as does George. I got to brainstorm with the two of them together when I was the first project leader on The Dig, and really respect their depth of knowledge and their creativity, so I don't think it will be chosen as a movie plot, unless at some future point there is perhaps an animated series like George has done with Star Wars, giving them the option to explore many different stories."

June 5, 2017
Drew Struzan: "We'll see what happens when it happens. I think that I have things happening. But I learned many decades ago you don't talk about them before they happen because you look like a fool when they don't happen. I'm doing things. But the reason I retired was the computer, where the executive's running the show instead of the artist. And then it just fell apart after Star Wars 7. So I just said, that's enough. Times have changed and I'm 70 years old now. I'll leave it to the kids to figure out what they have to do. I got old but what happened to me because the life was so hard, I got very sick. I've been sick for two years. I haven't painted a thing in two years. But I've probably gotten better and it looks like I'm going to get well and I'm going to be able to work again. The greatest thing was, when I was young couldn't get a job and I didn't know how to get a job, but I finally figured it out at 70 years old. All you have to do is say 'I'm retired' and everybody in the world starts to call you for work."

July 22, 2017
Q: "Is your life goal to reboot every major franchise you've helped to create, like Blade Runner?"
Harrison Ford: "You bet your ass it is!"

August 22, 2017
John Williams said he was hopeful he would be on hand to write the score, a remark that drew cheers from the throng of 18,000.

September 3, 2017
Karen Allen: "It’s very much shrouded in mystery at this point, and there’s nothing more that I’d love than to be a part of it. We just got married—there has to be more! I would just love to do it, and I won’t know until they tell me. I might be in it, I might not be in it. I’m very hopeful I will, but you never know!"

September 4, 2017
David Koepp: "Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say. And the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film. We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford,” he continues, playfully teasing that the plot will involve “some precious artifact that they’re all looking for. I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post. If the stars align, hopefully it'll be his next film."

September 8, 2017
Karen Allen: "It’s a complete mystery to me as to whether or not Marion is even a part of this next one. But I’m sorry that [Shia] won’t be a part of it. I guess [Indiana and Marion] sent him off to school after all!"

September 13, 2017
Harrison Ford's phone beeps with a text message telling him the new script is ready for him to read. He hopes it might happen in the second half of next year. I ask him what this new Indiana Jones movie will need to be in order to have him fully engaged. "Funded," he replies.

September 22, 2017
Q: "Are you going to fight white supremacists?"
Harrison Ford: "Um, I am, every chance I get, yeah. And if Nazis are back, I'm back. But it's not necessarily the thematic of the new Indiana Jones script. We're working on a script. I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to work with Steven again and revisit that character in a different story at a different age. But the fight for good and evil, between good and evil continues, it's not yet won. So I'll sign up for that battle again."
Ryan Gosling: "Not that you need my help, but I'm right there with you, pal."

September 25, 2017
Ryan Gosling: "I mean I'm just, uh, I'm working on it man. Easy. You just blew it for me. Too soon."
Harrison Ford: "I'm trying to wrap my head around that. Too soon."

September 26, 2017
Harrison Ford: "I just wanted to bring back characters that audiences have enjoyed seeing. I want to be able to develop their stories in an interesting way. I want to give them a little bit something different. And then I'll go away and leave them alone."

September 27, 2017
Harrison Ford: "Five, yes. Yes it is. We have a release date. We're working on a script. It will be great. I’m looking forward to working with Steven again, revisiting the character. I think that can be a good thing to do."

September 27, 2017
Harrison Ford: "There's another Indiana Jones looming, I'm happy to say. I enjoy working with Steven and making that kind of movie. I mean, an Indiana Jones kind of movie, yeah. What do you mean what do I mean? An Indiana Jones movie. A movie that's more about movies than anything else. But it's also, you know, [Blade Runner] is an adult adventure. Indiana Jones are family kind of films, and one of the great opportunities of my life is that Indiana Jones, Star Wars, stuff like that gets passed on generationally."

October 8, 2017
John Rhys-Davies: "What would have happened to Sallah? I like to think that he would have been somebody like Khaled al-Asaad – that marvellous 80-year-old man who was defending his museum in Palmyra and who hid its major treasures and refused to give them over to ISIS and was beheaded in the town square. I think that’s probably how I would have seen Sallah. I’d love to have one last crack at Sallah. But I understand if time has just moved on – it would be sad. Sallah is the last Arab in popular, contemporary culture, that we regard as a hero. The world has changed, and that’s a tragedy for the West and for the Arab world. Perhaps there is no place for a Sallah anymore? Although I trust that my mention of Khaled al-Asaad just reminds people that they are not all iconoclasts and that there are heroes there – real heroes, too."

October 8, 2017
John Rhys-Davies: "In a New York minute, as they would say. Or in a Cardiff minute probably. Yes, of course. I'm not sure that that will happen. I think we may have moved on from the Sallahs of the world being our heroes, I'm afraid. But I would love to. I would love to have one last stab at it and try and get it right this time."

November 14, 2017
John Rhys-Davies: "I think he's a very interesting character, he's actually the last Arab hero in western popular culture and that’s a tragedy for both the middle-east and for the western popular [culture]. I personally see him ending up rather like Khaled al-Asaad, that marvelous little fellow who defended his museum as ISIS advanced. Hid the museum's treasures and refused to divulge where they were and was in fact beheaded in the town square in front of his museum. There are still Arab heroes and there’s still great, great men you know, and perhaps that’s one reason why we should try and have Sallah back in the next one, just to remind ourselves, they're not all fanatical."

 

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