I’ve been watching Justified more and more lately and it’s safe to say I’m hooked. To me it’s one of the best new shows out there and I wager it’ll pick up steam and be around for a while. Being a HUGE fan of House M.D., this is the only show that has grabbed my attention with an awesome main character on par with Greg House. Also the writing is top-notch and very very witty. Further, just when it seems like the show is about to wrap up, I am overjoyed to find I still have about 12 minutes left in the episode.
Now while I have nothing but praise for Olypahnt’s work and his magnetic screen presence, I’d like to turn this post into a game of “wouldn’t that be sweet if…”. In Justified, he, as Raylan Givens, carries himself with a professional (and slightly cocky) confidence that lets him chew up each scene with an intangible likability. Over the past few episodes I’ve started thinking about the hat Olyphant wears in the show and what role he might be suitable for on the big screen. He wears the hat and carries himself with a certain rugged nature that I’ve seen somewhere before…nope, not like the characters in Tombstone. Although wearing a cowboy hat, you could argue the case for Olyphant in any kick-ass new western (especially after his work in Deadwood). No I’m going a little further back…and at the same time, not that far back at all.
My crazy brain has taken me a property I badly want to see revived. The purist in me says “no, it will never happen” but based on some aggravating news surrounding the prior Spider-Man series, this idea of mine may not be the long shot I think it is. Since that dreadful and supremely disheartening news of the scrapping and reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, it seems like nothing is sacred in Hollywood these days. That said, if the studios really believe that anything is fair game, how about we take a stab at one very hallowed franchise that is both very old and, like Spider-Man, had a pretty terrible latest (most would argue unnecessary) installment. Is anyone with me yet???
That’s right (and I still can’t believe I’m saying this), let’s reboot the Indiana Jones franchise!! Now please people, don’t grab your torch and pitch forks just yet…hear me out. We all can agree that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was not what we wanted it to be. I have repeated my feelings here many times and above all it was (among a list of more hurtful things) simply just too little too late. There is news and work being done to make a 5th Indy film and frankly that just makes me ill. Certain actors are just too old and past their prime to reprise, convincingly, the characters that made them icons. Basically let it go, you’re a legend, you have nothing left to prove. Bond, Batman, and now I propose Indiana effen Jones!!
If the studios are hard up to make money on something that we will see just based on the name alone, then start Indy a new. Let the magic and success of the previous films stay legendary (like Casablanca) and just don’t mess with it anymore. So my suggestion would be to cast Timothy Olyphant as Indiana Jones. Now since it will take a few years for Indy 5 to ever get in theaters (remember that Ford will be nearly 70 by then) let Olyphant mature just a bit longer, throw on about 20-30 more pounds and I think you’ve got one hell of a replacement! At the very least, he looks pretty damn good in a hat and has that familiar rugged swagger that made Ford the indelible hero from our youth.
Please Hollywood, heed this line from The Last Crusade…”You must choose, but choose wisely. The fresh Indy will grant you life and renewed franchise rights, a new trilogy along the success level of Casino Royale and Batman Begins. The frail Indy will take it from you.”
Also, now this is really a stretch, but what if Harrison played Henry Jones Sr, and Timothy played Junior?? Hell, it worked in a similar way with Spock in the latest Star Trek…but what do you all think? Am I crazy? Is this blasphemy? Does anyone want to see Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Great Hall of Medicine? Or does injecting some new blood into the series seem like a ballsy but pretty good idea??