Spielberg Wants To Direct New Indiana Jones Movie With Chris Pratt

“Eh? New Short Round? New Short Round.”

Just like Kanye’s horseshit claim that Kim Kardashian is an inspiration to Beyonce, this little nugget that pretty much confirms Chris Pratt is the new Indiana Jones got buried under the Oscars weekend. Deadline reports:

Last month, I reported that Steven Spielberg wants Chris Pratt to anchor the rebirth of Indiana Jones that is being developed at Disney. It’s very early days, but my sources tell me that, assuming a script comes in to his satisfaction, Spielberg hopes to direct that film.

Granted, this is great news because Steven Spielberg directed the three best Indiana Jones films. It’s also awful news because he directed the worst one that made everybody never want to see another of these things again. However, a few years back he basically threw George Lucas under the bus and blamed him for all the shit wrong with Crystal Skull. Via A.V. Club:

“I sympathize with people who didn’t like the MacGuffin because I never liked the MacGuffin,” Spielberg says of Crystal Skull, explaining, “George and I had big arguments about the MacGuffin. I didn’t want these things to be either aliens or inter-dimensional beings. But I am loyal to my best friend. When he writes a story he believes in—even if I don’t believe in it—I’m going to shoot the movie the way George envisioned it.”

Considering Disney has no problem with throwing George Lucas’ ideas right in the trash where they fucking belong maybe this thing might actually be good? Or even better, becomes the secret origin of Burt Macklin’s early days as an avid treasure hunter before joining the FBI? If you want to make it Oscar-bait. Your call.

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