A fear of Indiana Jones fans may have just been confirmed by Bob Iger as he used the word “reboot” when talking about the Indy movie that will follow the next one…
It comes as part of a THR interview with Disney’s CEO where they pretty directly address the reboot issue:
“You have another Lucasfilm property, Indiana Jones, and Steven Spielberg has agreed to make a fifth film. Will there be an Indiana Jones universe, eventually, like Star Wars?
Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope â€¦ right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.
Reboot? You’ve got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger â€¦
Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot â€” a reboot. I don’t know.
THR has been using the term “requel” for these sequels that reboot the franchise.
Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.”
In the past they’ve said they wouldn’t recast Indiana Jones, but if they are going to do a reboot they will probably have to. Unless they introduce some new character in Indy 5 and then the sixth movie focuses on them and they aren’t called Indiana Jones…