Steven Spielberg won’t kill off Indiana Jones in the next instalment of the movie franchise.
The 69-year-old director will return to the helm to direct the upcoming fifth movie in the franchise, which has a temporary title of Indiana Jones 5. Harrison Ford, 73, will reprise his role as the archaeologist in the next film, and one thing Steven is sure of is that Indiana won’t come to a grisly end in the movie.
“I think this (next Indiana Jones movie) is straight down the pike for the fan,” Steven told The Hollywood Reporter. “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison at the end of it.”
His comments are a reference to the fact that Harrison’s Star Wars character Han Solo was killed off in the last movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The decision caused huge outrage among fans, but Harrison later insisted it was he who had asked for the reprieve.
“I think it’s a fitting use of the character. I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight,” Harrison told Entertainment Weekly.
Meanwhile, Steven opened up about his career in the interview with The Hollywood Reporter, revealing he thought 1993’s Schindler’s List may have been the last film he ever directed.
The film won two Oscars, but Steven found himself lacking a desire to get back to work after the victory.
“I just didn’t,” he said. “I could not. I’ve never been depressed. I was sad and isolated, and as well-received and successful as that movie was, I think it was the trauma of telling the story and forming the Shoah Foundation (a nonprofit organisation established to record video testimonies of Holocaust survivors). “I started to wonder, was Schindler’s List going to be the last film I would direct?”