‘Indiana Jones’ And The Latest Artifact Of The Moment Gets Further Confirmation From Frank Marshall

Earlier this week, Shia LaBeouf revealed that “Indiana Jones” creator Steven Spielberg has “cracked the story” on the next “Indiana Jones” movie. That’s hardly the confirmation that fans might be hoping for, but none of us have any reason to believe that the “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” star would lie.

Still, it’s always good to hear from other folks surrounding a project during these early, pre-production stages. Or not I suppose, if you didn’t care for “Crystal Skull.” Regardless of how you feel, there’s additional word on “Indy 5,” this time from producer Frank Marshall.

In an interview with Empire, Marshall revealed that wheels are currently turning on putting the next story to paper. “We had a great time making the last one and, as Harrison [Ford] said, we need to make this one soon. We’re not getting any younger.”

“It’s really about the script,” Marshall said. “Once we see that, we’ll see. We’re not going to wait another 20 years. We’d all love to make another one. I’m anxious to hear the idea!” So clearly, nothing is yet definite. Equally clearly, the idea of an “Indy 5″ is in the right people’s heads. So where could Indiana’s treasure quests take him, and presumably his son — LaBeouf’s character — next?

One possibility is the Spear of Destiny, the weapon used to pierce Jesus Christ’s side after he was crucified. There’s plenty of “Indiana Jones” backstory to support its inclusion. Indy has always had a somewhat troubled relationship with Nazis — as he is so fond of saying, “I hate these guys.” — and the artifact was pursued by Hitler’s Third Reich.

Another possibility is the lost undersea city of Atlantis. The typically religious underpinnings of previous “Indy” flicks don’t apply here, but the franchise does have a history with the submerged metropolis. “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis” was a popular 1990s computer game from LucasArts. That story is a prequel of sorts, set in 1939, before the events of the movies. Of course, the game isn’t exactly considered canon which makes Atlantis perfectly fair game for a future silver screen offering.

There are several other “Indy” games that could be drawn from as well, including the most recent — “Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings” for Nintendo Wii — in which the object being sought is the Staff of Moses (which the savior of the Egyptian slaves used to part the Red Sea). Personally, I prefer to think that Spielberg & Co. will strike out in an all-new direction with the next “Indiana Jones.” Though I will go on record in saying that I pray we’ve seen the last of “Crystal Skull”’s extraterrestrials.

Are you excited for a new “Indiana Jones” adventure? What other artifacts could you see Dr. Jones pursuing?