Hot new idea from George Lucas: Let's turn the Indiana Jones series over to Shia LaBoeuf

Sounds like a plan. Or better yet, let’s bring Short Round back and pair them up, Lethal Weapon style! I said in the post about AICN’s review that it sounds like LaBoeuf may be headed for Jar Jar status as someone whose appeal is lost on virtually everyone except Lucas himself. So, naturally, he’ll want to go ahead and make him the focus of the entire series:

Lucas had a lot to say about the new “Indy” and its future.

“I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this,” he said. “But I have an idea to make Shia [LeBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.

“And it’s not like Harrison is even old. I mean, he’s 65 and he did everything in this movie. The old chemistry is there, and it’s not like he’s an old man. He’s incredibly agile; he looks even better than he did 20 years ago, if you ask me.”

More good news: “This movie is the exact same experience as the other three were.” Exit question: Lucas circa 2008 = McCartney circa 1984 (“Give My Regards to Broad Street”)? Both acclaimed as geniuses in their youth, their work popular on a scale few others have ever reached, and yet both caught in a bizarre, decades-long slide further and further into mediocrity and bad judgment. Exit question: What happened?