If adventure has a name, it must be Nathan Drake...
You've seen a lot of talk about a fifth Indiana Jones film...
There are stories going around about how Harrison Ford wants to do another film featuring the famed archaeologist and that he wants to kill off Indy. The same way he wanted to kill off Han Solo. And that he wants to hand off the series to Indy's son, Mutt.
Some of my friends feel that Lucas and Spielberg already did kill off Indy with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The idea of handing it off to Shia Labeouf is not only laughable, but ridiculous. He's not Indiana Jones' son. There's no way that that character came from or can match the Man with the Hat. But it got me wondering. Who really is the son of Professor Henry Jones, Jr. really?
To me, that's an easy question with many answers, but the most obvious is fairly straight forward.
Some will argue that Benjamin Franklin Gates is a good choice. But if there is any character that feels like he's a direct decedent of Indy, it's the rouge and charismatic lead from the fabulous "Uncharted" series by Naughty Dog. Another reason I have a PS3 instead of an XBox 360 is the exclusivity of this game series. Yeah, Drake is the real successor to the Indiana Jones franchise at least in terms of games. LucasArts needs to fire their entire staff for taking such properties as "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" and making horrible games with great characters. How is that possible? Who knows, in the near future we may have a film franchise of this series if they're ever able to nail down a story worthy of a film. Looking back at the source material should provide a wealth of ideas.
As to whether Mark Walberg or Nathan Fillion or whoever gets the roll, that'll depend on a number of factors. I know there's a big campaign by fans to get Fillion the part, but Hollywood doesn't just deal with physical looks, but box office looks as well. They're going to look at what actor can come closer to guaranteeing a return on a $200 million dollar investment, which is what a legitimate cost for something like this would be. Fillion really doesn't have that status, but it doesn't mean that he couldn't be good as the character. I have no dog in the fight, just wanting a good script for the film. Something the last Indy didn't have. So we wait for this film to arrive as we fear another feeble attempt an bringing back my favorite adventurer.
Perhaps it's just time to hang up the hat. At least live-action wise. Go ahead with that animated series Paul Dini dreams of doing. That way Indiana Jones will never get old, never have a Mutt and never be subjected to humiliation on the silver screen every again. That way the adventures can happen weekly like the serials from which "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was born.
In the meantime I'm looking forward to "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" on 11-1-11...