Steven Spielberg hopes to direct the planned Indiana Jones reboot, which could see Jurassic World’s Chris Pratt star as the titular action-adventurer, according to Deadline.
Back in January, news broke that Disney was planning to reboot the franchise and wanted the Guardians Of The Galaxy star to take up the mantle of Indiana Jones, the adventuring archaeologist made famous by Harrison Ford, who played the character on the big-screen in four films starting with 1981’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Known for hits like Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and the first two Jurassic Park films as well as the upcoming four installment Jurassic World, Spielberg directed all four Indiana Jones films and reportedly wants back at the helm for the reboot “assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction.” As there’s no script yet, it’s still too early to tell what the length of Spielberg’s involvement will be (perhaps as producer?).
Pratt, who was best known for his role as the lovable, somewhat chubby slacker Andy Dwyer on NBC’s Parks and Recreation before Guardians blew up the box office last Summer, stars in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, which hits theaters on June 12, 2015 and is executive-produced by Spielberg. After Pratt wowed everyone as leading man Star-Lord in Guardians, a Photoshopped image imagining Pratt as Indiana Jones surfaced (see a cropped version of it here above). Eventually, news surfaced that Disney was interested in the actor, although no official details have been revealed and no word on whether Pratt will take the role.
After Universal’s Jurassic World, Spielberg’s historical spy-thriller St. James Place, starring Tom Hanks from a screenplay by Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, will hit theaters in October 16, 2015 for Disney Pictures. He has also reunited with his E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison to direct a big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book The BFG, which is scheduled for a theatrical released in 2016. The filmmaker will also at some point produce the The Adventures of Tintin sequel and might be directing Thank You for Your Service, a film adaptation of the David Finkel non-fiction book.
Pratt’s Parks and Recreation comes to an end this week with a two-part series finale. He will return for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 in 2017, and will soon start filming on The Magnificent Seven, MGM’s remake starring Denzel Washington.