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Welcome to instalment number III of the increasingly futile “What They Need To Get Right” series, this time focusing on the recently announced fifth film in the Indiana Jones series. Eagle-eyed readers may recall we asked similar questions of Transformers: Age of Extinction and Terminator: Genisys. All to no avail.

What we got, in both of those cases, was exactly what we dreaded and nothing of what might have dragged those franchises out of their respective doldrums.

We’re still, for better or worse (more on this later), a few years out from Indy 5’s arrival, so if Paramount, LucasFilm, Koepp, Spielberg et al are inclined to take heed, some of the following might help make this a return to form rather than further slip into ignominy.

Keep George Lucas away

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Rumour has it that various earlier ideas for Indy 4 were rejected by George Lucas, in favour of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Needless to say, it is pure conjecture at this point as to whether any of those ideas would have held up better than Skull, but it seems pretty clear that Lucas has long since lost whatever creative golden touch he once had.

His Star Wars prequels were consistently horrible and it has only been since he has been benched for the sequel trilogy that people like JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson have been able to come on board and the franchise restored to something more closely approximating its former glory.

With LucasFilm going over to Disney and taking Star Wars and Indy with it, Lucas should be kept away from any producer/creative consultant input. Let the creative talent already on board call the shots and trust them to get it right. Koepp and Spielberg are pretty good at this stuff.

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Dave has been writing for HeyUGuys since mid-2010 and has found them to be the most intelligent, friendly, erudite and insightful bunch of film fans you could hope to work with. He's gone from ham-fisted attempts at writing the news to interviewing Lawrence Bender, Renny Harlin and Julian Glover, to writing articles about things he loves that people have actually read. He has fairly broad tastes as far as films are concerned, though given the choice he's likely to go for Con Air over Battleship Potemkin most days. He's pretty sure that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the most overrated mess in cinematic history.