No one should be surprised that Disney has started making an Indiana Jones TV show for Disney+.
Variety reported today that the Mouse House is looking for a writer to bring the world’s most beat-up archaeologist to TV and is holding general meetings with creators who have a take on the most famous whip-cracking fedora-wearing character in movie history.
We think the lucky writer gets extra points for making a 6-, 8-, or 10-part series out of a story that would fit well into a two-hour movie. Disney isn’t sure yet if this will be a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, or a reboot, so there aren’t many details yet.
But the most important thing to know is that the company is thinking about something vague, which is the best place to start when bringing back a beloved character.
Indiana Jones 5, which will be Harrison Ford’s last movie as the character and needs a lot of tie-ins and sub-properties to be a success, is also coming at the company. It doesn’t make sense to make an Indiana Jones movie unless Disney can use it to sell more things.
We can only assume that the show will finally keep its word about Mutt Williams taking over for Indy. No one really knows why this took so long. Maybe Disney is afraid that people won’t like another young Harrison Ford lookalike as much as they didn’t like Solo: A Star Wars Story.
But unlike Han Solo, Indiana has already been played by a lot of different people. First, there’s River Phoenix in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. But there’s also Corey Carrier (ages 8–10), Sean Patrick Flanery (ages 16–21) and George Hall from The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
An ‘Indiana Jones’ TV series is in the works at Disney+
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles correctly thought that the character would live into his 90s, traveling the world and meeting famous people like John Ford, Leo Tolstoy, Woodrow Wilson, and Pablo Picasso along the way.
And, unlike this new show, George Lucas wrote many of the episodes’ stories, Carrie Fisher wrote some of the teleplays, and Nicolas Roeg, Terry Jones, and Mike Newell all directed episodes.
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