Speaking with Screen International, Spielberg made his feelings clear. "I don't think anyone could replace Harrison as Indy, I don't think that's ever going to happen," he said, denying recent rumours that someone such as Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) could take over the fedora and bullwhip. "It's certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that's Harrison Ford." Which doesn't necessarily rule out someone else playing a Jones family member again following the disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Of course, while there has been plenty of chatter about a new Indy outing, and with Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm team eager to make more movies from their big properties for Walt Disney Pictures, nothing will get made unless Spielberg wants to. It does appear that he is still eager, however. Why? "Because there are more adventures out there than films," he says. "So as long as there's more adventures out there, I've got a bullwhip, a fedora, a leather jacket and a man on a horse who knows how to get the job done."
Spielberg's latest, Bridge Of Spies is in UK cinemas now.