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It doesn't even need to be the Indy universe, specifically.They need to let it die with Ford. No new actor taking over. Focus on something new…. A new hero and story line set in the Indiana Jones universe would be fine, just not Indy’s story anymore. Maybe the young adventures of Jock Lindsey, Indy’s pilot. Cast a young upcoming actor and write adventure stories around him. And with Disney already having the Jock Lindsey Hanger Bar restaurant in Disney Springs, they already have a head start on building his franchise and backstory.
Just make an animated series, that lets you do smaller scale stories and gets around the age and recasting issues. you've all seen the fan made "trailer" I'm sure.
That's not greed, it's called business. You forget, and I've said dozens of times previously in other threads, Hollywood (outside of indie studios) is not in the business of making movies, they're in the business of making money and movies just happen to be how they make they make their money. So, whatever kind of movie they think is going to make them the most money is the kind of movie they're going to make.There are more than enough people on this planet that there should be enough money and room for different views and different movies for different groups, but unfortunately there aren't many movie studios left as they keep merging. Besides, between greed for BILLION dollar blockbusters (that must magically please almost everyone) and responses to every single imagined slight across the entire planet that has little or nothing to do with the rest of the world but somehow magically sets off riots/protests everywhere and leads to changes that please literally no one, it seems we can't have movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark anymore.
Raiders has been deemed to promote grave robbing and theft of countries' treasure, even when its been missing for thousands of years in a shipwreck on the ocean floor. It seems that finders keepers doesn't count, only genetics or political borders. The coins are from Italy, so give them back to Italy! Sorry Indy. You can't keep that fertility idol! It belongs to the Hovitos, even if they didn't make it, put it there or know how to retrieve it (e.g. Incan treasure despite the lack of Incas or their empire today. Some politician in a suit said so!
As if the dead need their material goods.... The Egyptians dig up mummies all the time and put them on display in museums (Yeah that really honors the dead and their wishes), but if you find a pot buried on your property, you should find the descendents of that tribe and give them their pot back or leave it in the ground!
THAT is why we can't have proper movies and why Indiana Jones should be in prison for stealing (not "finding" or "obtaining") rare antiquities! That's where that evil ******* should be in the film and what he and his children unto seven generations deserve! Thief! Der dieb!
As for Chris Pratt, nah. Let Indiana retire. The political fallout would be endless unless the movies were PC (i.e. Boring as hell).
Create new characters already. How about Nevada Smith? Oregon Brady? Florida Gator? Arizona Ice-T? California Whine? Canada Dryer?
Nah. Bring Bogart back! He wouldn't put up with these Hollywood phonies!
Also, those of us who were kids in the 1970s and 1980s when "blockbusters" became a thing, have these rose-colored memories of the experience. And now, we are the middle-aged generation with the disposable income, trying the relive our youth and catch that magical feeling once more...That's not greed, it's called business. You forget, and I've said dozens of times previously in other threads, Hollywood (outside of indie studios) is not in the business of making movies, they're in the business of making money and movies just happen to be how they make they make their money. So, whatever kind of movie they think is going to make them the most money is the kind of movie they're going to make.
To add to that, there are 2 main factors contributing to the current trend of reboots, remakes, sequels, and prequels (which has been going on for a lot longer than people seem to think). One factor is risk, your Summer blockbuster/tentpole movies (a concept that really didn't exist prior to the release of Jaws or the original Star Wars) have gotten really expensive to produce. They often feature a well known director, at least 1 or 2 big named actors which all drive up the cost of production. As a result, Hollywood has become risk averse because there's a lot of money on the line, too much to risk on a potential flop. So what do they do? They go back to what's worked before, if audiences liked X, then surely they want to see more of X and that's why they make all of these sequels and prequels. That or they want to capitalize on nostalgia and so they do a remake of an older, often, but not always, well known/beloved film or TV show.
The other factor that comes into play is the foreign box office, particularly China, Because of the foreign box office, a movie no longer has to do well in the US to make its money. It can actually not quite make a profit in the US but do extremely well overseas and it's considered a success, enough to warrant a sequel. So Hollywood makes movies that work well overseas, movies with simplified plots but lots of action because action is universal and crosses any and all language barriers. This is also why they like the remake/reboots, for foreign audiences, once again, particularly China, it's new to them. They don't see a remake of some old movie or TV show as ruining a piece of their childhood because it was never a part of their childhood, to begin with. It's just another Hollywood blockbuster to them and that's all that matters to them and to Hollywood.
That's not greed, it's called business. You forget, and I've said dozens of times previously in other threads, Hollywood (outside of indie studios) is not in the business of making movies, they're in the business of making money and movies just happen to be how they make they make their money.
Keith Coogan just spoke about this in a recent interview. If the studios don't use a given property within 30 years then the rights revert back to the original creators/ writers. This is why so many movies are rebooted and rushed into production and often can't hold a candle to the original.
Which was a revelation to me, and while it's still doesn't totally excuse terrible rehashing, it does make fiscal sense.