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Poll: How could Indiana Jones work as an original Disney+ Series?

Discussion in 'Indiana Jones' started by Logray Ewok Medicine Man, Feb 22, 2021.

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What would be the best concept for an Indiana Jones Disney+ Spinoff Series?

  1. "The Adventures of Abner Ravenwood," set in the early 20th Century

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. "The Adventures of Short Round," featuring an adult Shorty set in the 1970’s starring Ke Huy Quan

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. "Mutt Williams!" featuring Shia Labeouf in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. "Further Adventures of a Young Indiana Jones," featuring Alden Ehrenreich or some other actor

    4 vote(s)
    57.1%
  5. Nothing! The franchise should wrap up with Indy 5, as it can’t work without Harrison Ford

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Something else – let’s hear your best pitch!

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  1. Logray Ewok Medicine Man

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    I’ve been binging the Indiana Jones films recently and brainstorming ways that the franchise could possibly work as an original Disney+ series. I had a few thoughts, but I’d love to learn the opinions of others. Let’s hear what you think!
     
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    I really liked the Young Indy TV show, I think Disney could make something really nice for Disney+ using this franchise. They just don't need to push it, they don't have to make ever stretching, decade running franchises for everything.
     
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    Young Indy. We already have an actor for it
     
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    I say let's not deal with many of the established characters, but move on to new characters and such.
    I'm picturing a series with a young lead who was a student of Indy's at Barnett who happens to follow in his footsteps but doesn't know the extent of Indy's adventures. So, it's just the main character doing what he or she thinks must be pretty unique for an archeologist.

    ... you know, until Indy has a cameo and says that their journeys are nothing compared to his :p
     
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    I just want to hear John Rhys-Davies shout "INDY" again. Build something around that, please.
     
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    All new characters set in a different time determined to undo the "sins of the father"
    returning artifacts to the rightful people.
    studying artifacts not being a grave robber...
     
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    ACTION! ADVENTURE! REPARATIONS! It has everything!
     
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    I don't think giving back something you stole counts as reparations though....
     
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    I was landing more on the general idea of 'righting a historical wrong' than monetary compensation, but point taken.

    Indiana Jones: And The Search for Basic Human Decency
     
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    I don’t think the US government is gonna give up the Nazi killer 9,000 that is the Ark of the covenant.
     
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    A modern descendant of Indiana Jones seeking to return artifacts while being chased down by globally dominating billionaires hell bent on owning them.
    A story of protecting history rather than collecting it.
     
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    I think a show set in the 1990s could be cool with a very old Indy making some cameos.
     
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    Hmm, I guess it won’t kill me to be earnest about this :)
    Seems to me one of the inherent appeals to the property is its intentional ‘throwback’ nature. Contemporizing the concept sort of saps the romance. Whatever the form, the premise needs to be nostalgically centered - reverential of a now past era. It’s a big part of the allure. Removing that, removes a big chunk of its essential identity.
    Interesting concept. But returning them to who exactly? Regionally appropriate museums that have an uncompromising policy against selling exhibits to private parties? Couldn’t these “globally dominating billionaires” just, you know, buy them back legally? Not every nation is supremely deferential toward their cultural heritage. That’s why institutions, like academic galleries and historical societies, driven toward protecting them are so important.

    More so, the property chiefly tends to focus greatly on objects of supernatural capacity and actively questions whether its responsible for anyone to possess such dangerous items, regardless of cultural propriety or posterity. In the end, it isn’t presented as a particularly good thing that Indy rescues the Arc. It isn’t presented as a particularly bad thing that he doesn’t rescue the Grail. And the remaining Sankara Stone actually is reunited with its rightful people.
    Wasn’t that always the point though? “It belongs in a museum” = preservation over exploitation. Indy was never simply acquiring loot. He was a conservationist. A museum, at that time, was the best possible place to safeguard relics of historical import. To ensure they don’t simply perish to time or be plundered for their material value.

    The legacy of colonialist era shameless appropriation shouldn’t be discounted, but I don’t see how that was ever reflective in what the series itself was depicting with its protagonist’s goals.

    . . . . . . . . or maybe I’m just overthinking this :D
     
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    The problem with the "throwback" nature is there's really nothing new to do there. It would have to be in a time where Indy has passed on and isn't there to hog the spotlight. I'm not interested in another recast debate so just move forward IMO.

    Returning them to the people. Like in Temple of Doom. Most of these things belong to peoples but were taken by people in the west without much concern for whom they originally belonged.

    Sure. A museum in Cairo should have the artifacts not a professor in Chicago. And most of these sorts of things can't actually be bought legally. Hence why there is a huge artifact black market. (A good read on this sort of subject is the book 'The Dinosaur Artist' by Paige Williams)

    I would argue that it's a good thing in the case of the grail and that should be seen as the goal more often than not. Leaving things be rather than scooping them up. I would argue the sequels got the ending location of the artifact (to the rightful people and lost to time) much more correct than thinking the US Govt would do the right thing with the ark lol.

    But whose museum is the question and the answer is the one Indy works for in the first movie. Even in the third where "it belongs in a museum" originates IIRC, the Cross of Coronado is a Spanish artifact and should be there with them.

    In the end, it's really a nit picky deal and should involve less grave robbing more actual being a hero protecting history.
     
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