Times are certainly changing for the better and an Indiana Jones video game produced by the powerhouse Bethesda Softworks is certainly helping gamers everywhere look on the bright side! The developers behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Wolfenstein, and Fallout: New Vegas are now shifting their focus to a brand new Indiana Jones video game. However, could this be a sign that the Indiana Jones franchise is taking a revolutionary pathway?
Today, Lucasfilm Games announced that a new video game centered around one of cinema’s most beloved characters would be “swinging our way.”
According to StarWars.com,
The game will tell a wholly original, standalone tale set at the height of the career of the famed adventurer.
While there is little information regarding Bethesda’s newest video game endeavor, Machine Games — the developers behind the Wolfenstein franchise — have been confirmed as the game’s developer.
Up to this point, Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures was considered the greatest Indiana Jones video game, but Bethesda’s take on the beloved character might take that crown. While it’s unknown if the new Indiana Jones game will be open-world/action role-playing or a first-person game, it’s for sure we will see Indiana Jones like never before.
Fans of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’s legendary franchise are losing it on social media, and fans took to Twitter to share their excitement.
Andrew Johnson replied to Bethesda’s Tweet with a GIF of a captivated Indiana Jones:
— Andrew Johnson (@UNTDrew) January 12, 2021
Indiana Jones fan Dom replied to the same Tweet, writing:
I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE MAIN MENU MUSIC THEME SONG!
I CAN ALREADY HEAR THE MAIN MENU THEME SONG! pic.twitter.com/wHHawtv8iu
— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) January 12, 2021
However, this game may have even more of an impact than initially expected. In the wake of recent rumors that Chris Pratt might join the Indiana Jones franchise as a young Indy, the video game could be the first big step towards including the Marvel Cinematic Universe actor in Indiana Jones’s adventures.
There are numerous, credible rumors that the Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Chris Pratt could join the Indiana Jones franchise in some capacity. While executive producer Frank Marshall confirmed Harrison Ford would be the one and only Indiana Jones, Pratt could potentially play a younger version of Dr. Jones or an entirely different character that stars alongside Indiana Jones.
Neither Lucasfilm nor Disney have confirmed or denied any reports of the Jurassic World actor joining the Indiana Jones universe, so we don’t know for sure that this is happening. Still, CBS-owned ComicBook.com suggests that Lucasfilm is eyeing the actor to take over Harrison’s hat and whip.
Harrison Ford has denounced rumors of Pratt taking the helm. Still, with Indiana Jones 5 beginning production this spring and James Mangold (Ford V. Ferrari, Logan) taking over as director, the new film could set up multiple spinoff series to be featured on Disney+.
Writer David Koepp (who eventually left the Indiana Jones 5 project) previously told Den of Geek,
I tried a couple different versions with Steven and they all had some good stuff about them and they all had some stuff that didn’t work, which happens… But it was just very hard to have everybody come together and have all the elements — Steven, Harrison, the script, and Disney — come together at once. And it didn’t.
Koepp later added that the franchise could be taking an entirely new pathway. The original writers (Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas) and director (Steven Spielberg) are reportedly departing from Indiana Jones. However, Koepp is no longer attached to the film, and Lawrence Kasdan’s son, Jonathan Kasdan, is allegedly set as the film’s writer.
Now, this video game could be the perfect segue for Chris Pratt to star as a young Indiana Jones in an original series. After all, the would get the chance to show his “” skills with Indiana’s pistol!
This is especially true since Indiana Jones 5‘s story/direction is incredibly up-in-the-air — Bethesda’s storyline could produce possible Lucasfilm and Disney pathways to bring in Pratt as — or alongside — Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. Only time will tell, but it’s certainly a fun avenue to explore.
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