We live in a time dominated by nostalgia, with new generations discovering a love for icons of the past. From the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the “Terminator” legacy, to the long awaited “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming this Christmas, Hollywood continues to assert the power of the franchise.

 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most iconic American cinematic heroes will soon return to the big screen. Although the report only offered vague insight, it appears that a fifth “Indiana Jones” film will arrive on the silver screen in early 2018.

 

The announcement provides no details regarding potential storylines, or casting, meaning we will have to spend the foreseeable future speculating as to what may happen. With original Indy Harrison Ford in his 70s, many have speculated that newly minted leading man Chris Pratt — “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jurassic World” — could lend his roguish charm to the titular hero.

 

 

Chris Pratt in a scene from Jurassic World

Chris Pratt’s recent success in action films has earned him a chance to play the legendary Indiana Jones. (cnet.com)

Lucasfilm has their work cut out for them with “Indiana Jones 5.” Whilst all of the Indiana Jones films have followed roughly the same globetrotting treasure hunt formula, some elements have worked better than others. The most recent chapter, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” — which featured an aging Indy, and ditched the Nazis in favor of Soviets and aliens — was almost universally panned by audiences and critics. Potentially casting Pratt and bringing back the classic elements of Nazis and religious treasures seems like a safer bet than something wholly new.

 

On one hand, a cynic could make the claim that resurrecting yet another classic character points to a lack of originality in the film industry. However, it could also simply indicate how much Indy transcends the confines of his era. Since his inception in 1981, children have grown up watching him, from VHS tapes, to DVD, to Blu-Ray.

 

Just this year, a poll performed by The Guardian indicated that Indiana Jones currently ranks the greatest movie character of all time. Beating out the likes of Batman and James Bond, this could serve as evidence that the intrepid archaeologist still has some life left in him. Only time will tell if the new installment breathes life into the franchise, or confirms if Indy finally belongs in a museum.

 

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