by Justin Cook
Last month, it was revealed that Chris Pratt was a serious contender to replace Harrison Ford in Disney’s new Indiana Jones film. In an update of that story, Deadline has reported that Steven Spielberg would be interesting in returning to the series to direct his fifth Indiana Jones film, as long as he likes the script.
As of now, no script is in place, which means that it is a bit too early to tell if Spielberg will actually be helming the film.
Spielberg is apparently a huge fan of Pratt, and he even handpicked him to star in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic World. Jurassic World will be released this year on June 12.
Spielberg’s last Indiana Jones film was 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which performed very well at the box office, grossing over $786 million worldwide, but is considered by most fans to be the worst film of the series. However, Spielberg also directed the classic three films that came before it, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The director is attached to direct two other projects between now and 2016. The first of which is St James Place, in which Spielberg will reteam with Saving Private Ryan star Tom Hanks. The film is sure to be a major contender come awards season. The other film is the big screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl book The BFG. Mark Rylance is set to star in that film as the title character.
Pratt has been landing more and more movie roles, ever since he proved he was movie star material in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor currently stars in the seventh and final season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.