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Indiana Jones 5 Is Still Happening According To Karen Allen (Sigh)


When last we heard about Indiana Jones 5, producer Frank Marshall said George Lucas wasn’t writing it and that it wasn’t likely to happen at all. Marion Ravenwood begs to differ. I mean, actress Karen Allen does. And if you think she’s talking out of her ear, think again. She checked with Steven Spielberg first. got the interesting tidbit from the actress while speaking to her about the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures Blu-ray set, in stores today. They asked directly if she’d be game for starring in a third Indiana Jones film. She said:

I would! And I, in fact, just talked with Steven Spielberg recently – we e-mailed back and forth, and I said, “What should I say? I’m doing this publicity, what should I say if people ask me that question?” And he said, “It’s in George’s [Lucas] hands! I’m game, Harrison’s game, and now it’s up to George to write the script or to get the script organized, and the story.” And so I think it’s – they want to do a fifth, from what I understand, but they don’t want to do it just to do it, they want to do it if they can come up with a story that everybody is happy with and that everybody likes.

Meanwhile, speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actress had similar things to say.

We didn’t really talk about whether there would be another one. But during interviews for Crystal Skull, reporters were always asking Steven, “Why did you wait so long?” And he said, “Well, because I really had no intention of doing a fourth one, but people just wouldn’t let it go.” He said, “I can’t tell you how often people were saying to me, ‘Aren’t you going to do another one? Aren’t you going to do another one?’” And finally, he just said, “Okay! I’ll do another one!” So I think he kind of feels the same way about the fifth one. Do people want to see a fifth one, and can they come up with a story that they really feel excited about. That’s the criteria. They would love to do another one, but they don’t want to do it just to do it.

But are fans really bugging Spielberg for another? From what I’ve seen and hear, it’s the exact opposite. So at least there’s that.

Allen also discussed with EW the long lamented fact of her not starring in Indy 2 and 3.

People were so mad at me for not being in those films, but it really had nothing to do with me. When they first asked me to do the [first] film, they said, “This is the plan. The plan is we’re going to do three films. You’re in the first one. Whoever plays Indiana Jones will be in all three. They are going to go backwards in time, and you haven’t seen him for 10 years when your character meets him in Raiders, so you won’t be in those films.” At the time, I remember thinking, “Fantastic.” Because to me it was just a film I was doing. I didn’t know it would become this incredible, celebrated, beloved film. At the time, I thought, “Well, isn’t that great,” because as an actor you’re a little afraid of sequels. You’re not sure that you want tohave to do a film. At least at that time in my life, I loved the idea of being able to pick and choose what I wanted to do at any given moment. Of course, then it became such a huge success and then you think, “Oohhhhh.” [Laughter] “I don’t get to be in the next two?” But I never expected to be.

Are you all still “nay” on Indy 5?


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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."