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Cannes 2008: More Indiana Jones movies could follow

Indiana Jones at Cannes, 2008

Story by Jack Foley

A FIFTH Indiana Jones could be made if fans embrace the fourth adventure, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, according to its creator, Steven Spielberg.

Speaking at a Cannes press conference ahead of the film’s world premiere, the director confirmed that he would be happy to make another installment.

In what is being dubbed “Indiana Jones Sunday” at the 61st film festival, the stars of the film attended a number of special events, culminating in the film’s world premiere on Sunday night.

A photo call was attended by stars Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Karen Allen as well as co-directors Spielberg and George Lucas.

This was followed by the press conference, at which Spielberg was asked whether another film could follow.

“Only if you want more,” he said. “That’s why we made this Indiana Jones. We’ll certainly have our ear to the ground to hear what happens.”

Asked whether they were afraid of the critical reaction to the movie, leading man Ford, now 65, said he wasn’t bothered.

“I expect to have the whip turned on me,” he joked candidly. “It’s not unusual for something that is popular to be disdained by some people and I fully expect it.”

He referred to The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as a “celebration of the [previous] movies” and said he was delighted to see it create such a stir at Cannes, as well as among fans of the franchise worldwide.

Ford first played Indiana Jones in 1981’s Raiders of The Lost Ark, before reprising the role for two sequels, Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade.

Initially, director Spielberg had been commissioned to make five films, but after the third admitted to not knowing where to take the films next. It has taken 18 years and numerous scriptwriters – including M Night Shyamalan – for Spielberg to arrive at the right idea.

The subsequent film opens in 1957 at the height of the Cold War and finds Indy on the trail of a solid gold skull stolen from a lost city and guarded by the living dead.

Like the original trilogy, Spielberg has opted for old-fashioned B-movie techniques, rather than too many special effects, and early Cannes reviews suggest this has worked to its advantage.

Indeed, the vibe from Cannes, post press screening, is that The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull does recapture the old Indiana Jones magic.

“Find out more”: about the critical reaction or view photos from the official photo call