Frank Darabont & Frank Marshall Shoot Down Latest INDIANA JONES Rumor

Frank Darabont & Frank Marshall Shoot Down Latest INDIANA JONES Rumor

It behooves me to report that screenwriter/director Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption"), producer Frank Marshall and a source for SlashFilm have all said that there is no truth behind the recent Indiana Jones rumor Latino Review recently posted.

A few days ago, Kellvin Chavez of Latino Review reported that the window for Harrison Ford returning for another Indiana Jones film was quickly closing and that producers were seriously entertaining the thought of replacing Ford with a younger actor as everyone's favorite treasure-hunting archaeologist. They even stated that studios had Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") at the top of their wish list. Another bit of their rumor concerned screenwriter/director Frank Darabont ("The Walking Dead"). They said he had pitched an idea for the next film. Since that rumor was posted Frank Darabont and producer Frank Marshall have issued statements debunking it. Even a source for SlashFilm has poked his head out to deny the rumor. You can read all those denials below. Please keep in mind, Latino Review has a very good track record with their scoops and this wouldn't be the first time that one of their rumors has been "debunked" only to end up being right in the end. Right, J.J. Abrams? I Khan-not hear you?
"This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it. I have not pitched an idea for a proposed Indiana Jones movie, nor has anybody approached me with such an idea. The inaccurate report on Latino Review was the first I'd heard of it." - Frank Darabont (via aintitcool)

"We’ve contacted a high-placing source who tells /Film the below story is not true." -

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Nomis - 3/28/2014, 12:45 PM
Gusto - 3/28/2014, 12:46 PM
cipher - 3/28/2014, 12:47 PM

OnePunchBaldy - 3/28/2014, 12:48 PM
Jwe75 - 3/28/2014, 12:52 PM
Denial leeds to lies...
VaCubFan - 3/28/2014, 12:56 PM
Wait just a minute here... You're telling me Latino Review was *WRONG*?!?! I... I... I'm shocked! Stunned even!! Say it ain't so!!
MrCBM56 - 3/28/2014, 12:58 PM
El Mayimbe scoops usually are different than Latino Review scoops.
SuperCat - 3/28/2014, 1:03 PM
Would still like to see Cooper wearing the hat.
ruadh - 3/28/2014, 1:05 PM
Bit of a shame. I know a lot of people hate reboots and remakes, but I see them as the modern version of oral tradition. And it's nice since you can still get to witness the original telling as well.

I could totally see Cooper pulling it off. I wouldn't expect it to be just like the old movies, and I don't feel it should be. But there's a flavor that would be inescapable.

Then again, as someone who grew up on the original Star Wars, I'm also weird because I'd be totally down for a SW reboot as well. Have the same level of quality across the saga for the effects, and preferably the writing. Rethink some of the choices made in the sequels that hadn't been thought of during the original (sister?!...wait, what was that about on Hoth then?!), and just tighten it up plotwise.

Eh...I can dream.

ruadh - 3/28/2014, 1:08 PM
Ugh, actually READ the article now, and saw that the Cooper rumor HASN'T been debunked, just the Darabont one. That's a bit of a bummer too.
Gusto - 3/28/2014, 1:08 PM
Nail...or that one cosplay chick
you put up a couple months ago!
cipher - 3/28/2014, 1:09 PM
I don't mind "behooves". I can make any word sound sexy if I say it the right way. It's my gift.
SauronsBANE - 3/28/2014, 1:13 PM
Thank God! Hopefully this STAYS debunked. Seriously, rebooting Indiana Jones is one of the dumbest ideas Hollywood has had in recent memory. Ridiculously dumb.

Indiana Jones isn't James Bond. Bond can exist in any era, and his personality can stay pretty much exactly the same. Indy just can't. He's very much a product of his time. If you keep rebooting those movies, it's not like you can bring it into the present just wouldn't work. So you'd be stuck coming up with new trilogies of Indy in the exact same time period...wouldn't that get old? How about we just stick with the one trilogy we got and not ruin its memory?

But with Lucasfilms now under Disney, it's probably inevitable that this gets rebooted eventually. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, all the crappy Pixar sequels we're getting...when the hell is Hollywood going to start being ORIGINAL for a change? Why keep retreading old ground when you can come up with better things? Ugh.
ChiliConCarney - 3/28/2014, 1:17 PM

ChiliConCarney - 3/28/2014, 1:19 PM
Indiana Jones and the Temple of AWESOME BEWBAGE!!!
ruadh - 3/28/2014, 1:21 PM
Ah, shame.

"Seriously, rebooting Indiana Jones is one of the dumbest ideas Hollywood has had in recent memory."

Did anyone say the reboot would take place in modern day? You know Raiders of the Lost Ark didn't actually take place in the same period it was made, right?

"when the hell is Hollywood going to start being ORIGINAL for a change? Why keep retreading old ground when you can come up with better things?"

Reboots, remakes, and adaptations are ALWAYS going to be the easiest pitches to get greenlit. ALWAYS. Unless you have a big name attached, an "original" idea is hard for any studio to move on because it's such an uncertainty.

When you pitch a remake or reboot, you go in, tell the execs how much the original made, what you're doing to change the original concept and why that will make it a bigger hit, and hopefully you have a name interested in starring so you can throw that out there too. Adaptations, you point out how many copies have sold (thus, it has a solid audience already), what you're changing to make it more cinematic or whatever, and hopefully you have a name that's interested in starring.

And again, I don't think remakes are a horrible thing. It's retelling a story. If a story is THAT good, of course it's going to get retold. Otherwise, please tell Hollywood to knock it off with the Shakespeare already.
Starfox - 3/28/2014, 1:25 PM
I still think Cooper would be an awesome choice though.
SauronsBANE - 3/28/2014, 1:26 PM
@ruadh, Wait what?

1) To answer your question, no. No one said anything about the reboot taking place in modern day. Not even me. So I have no idea where you came up with that. If you read the rest of my comment, I spell out the fact that any Indy reboot would HAVE to take place in the time period of that Harrison Ford's Indy took place in. Again, no idea where you got that idea from my comment.

2) Again, I'm not sure why you think I need a history lesson in the concept of reboots? I completely get it. They're incredibly easy to make, because there's no creativity involved. Don't mistake my rant for ignorance about the process. That doesn't change a single thing of what I said. Reboots will almost always be quick cash grabs, and nothing more. Some reboots certainly work, but in this case, it almost certainly wouldn't.
seamuskeaneart - 3/28/2014, 1:34 PM
That is a shame if true. I think this franchise needs some new blood.
seamuskeaneart - 3/28/2014, 1:36 PM
also it behooves me to comment on the use of the word behooves. which I love.
MercwithMouth - 3/28/2014, 1:39 PM
I can definitely see Cooper in the fedora. His portrayal of Face in A-Team proves he can do that kind of movie. I loved A-Team by the way, it was a great movie.
cipher - 3/28/2014, 1:42 PM
It behooves me to mention how nice nails' glutes look.
ChiliConCarney - 3/28/2014, 1:50 PM
Wait... Bees don't have hooves...
MajorTom - 3/28/2014, 1:51 PM
Us fans tend to hang onto things too tightly especially to our beloved characters. We should face reality that Harrison Ford is a senior citizen. I would rather see him retire Indiana Jones with style and pass the torch to a younger actor. Than see the character get old before our eyes. Indiana Jones is larger than life, he represents the youthful passion for adventure. He should forever be in his thirties and early forties.
sameoldthing - 3/28/2014, 1:51 PM
Indy should continue in films without Ford.
Harrison is great but too old now,this should become like Bond with others taking over the role.
ruadh - 3/28/2014, 1:52 PM

I took this:

"Indiana Jones isn't James Bond. Bond can exist in any era, and his personality can stay pretty much exactly the same. Indy just can't. He's very much a product of his time. If you keep rebooting those movies, it's not like you can bring it into the present just wouldn't work"

to mean you thought a reboot would take place in modern day. Sorry if I misunderstood.

I don't see why a reboot can't simply take place during the 30's still. I concur, he's a product of that time...and there's plenty of ground to cover in that era still.

I still actually lament that they didn't do at least ONE young Indy movie with River Phoenix.
SauronsBANE - 3/28/2014, 2:02 PM
@MajorTom, I think we both agree with the basic fact that we should move on. Harrison Ford IS a senior citizen now (he's over 70!) and he really shouldn't be doing Indiana Jones OR Star Wars movies anymore. I don't want to see that character grow old before our eyes, hence why The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was such a disaster.

We shouldn't have even gotten a Indiana Jones 4. We shouldn't need to have a reboot with a younger actor. Why not just let the Indy trilogy be done with? Move on to original characters having original adventures. Stop mining the past for any and all ideas when you can just come up with new ones. Why is there this obsession with passing the torch? Some franchises are over and done with, and they should be left as such. Indiana Jones is one of those.
GenerationX - 3/28/2014, 2:04 PM
well Latino Review's credibility is shot...whatever little bit they had left that is
SauronsBANE - 3/28/2014, 2:06 PM
@ruadh, No need to apologize, I see where I could have worded that a little better.

But I don't see any benefit to continually make more Indy movies in the 1930's. We all know that if a reboot gets greenlit, then they're most likely making a trilogy of movies. Or even a quadrilogy. Or heck, why not 5 or 6 or 7 more films? Is it feasible that ALL those movies take place in that same era?

It'd be like having a bunch of Captain America movies take place during WWII. That'd get old, fast. Maybe they can pull it off, but I'd MUCH rather have this character and franchise retired for good and focus on new and exciting things, rather than retreading old, old ground.
CuddlyCereal - 3/28/2014, 2:11 PM
Just create a new character/franchise.

Mastyrwerk - 3/28/2014, 2:17 PM
That means Bradley Cooper's still in the running!
DrunkenNukem - 3/28/2014, 2:25 PM
mmm...wonder where are the Latino review´s defenders
RetroFit - 3/28/2014, 2:27 PM
I think they should just let this die. And create something new instead.
ruadh - 3/28/2014, 2:28 PM

I hear you, just don't agree. The era isn't as important as having fresh adventures, new relics, and exotic places to visit. If they had 8 Indy movies that take place over the span of one month, I wouldn't mind, as long as the flavor is right, the adventure is compelling, and you know....tough supporting lady, thrills, spills, etc, and neat old stuff for Indy to grab at and put in a museum.
grif - 3/28/2014, 2:30 PM
SauronsBANE - 3/28/2014, 2:37 PM
No worries, ruadh, agree to disagree! To me, we got all those things you just listed in the trilogy we saw with Harrison Ford. No need for more, unless it's with a totally new, original character in a new franchise. Enough with the reboots.
McGee - 3/28/2014, 2:39 PM
Short Round needs to be in it, but really fat this time. Like the kid from Up, but with the racist accent still.
Indy - 3/28/2014, 3:04 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!! Thank the lord its NOT TRUE!!! Harrison Ford IS INDIANA JONES!!!

SaxoWolf - 3/28/2014, 3:20 PM
Chris Pratt would be an interesting choice for a new Indy.

ruadh - 3/28/2014, 3:31 PM
My attitude about remakes probably stems from The Thing, which has been one of my favorite movies from the first time I saw it. And yeah, it's really more of a new look at the original source, but also considered a remake. Sometimes you get a Thing, or Batman Begins, etc.

And sometimes you get something like Halloween. I really thought with the entire series of the original Halloweens to pick from, and thus make a solid, planned out movie, the remake would be incredible. But it really made me admit I'm simply not a fan of Rob Zombie's films.
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