Now, I haven’t got anything against Shia Lebeouf in particular. I think he did a just fine job in Transformers and voicing Asbel in Nausicaa. Heck, Holes was one of my favorite movies. No, the potential problem is this:
George Lucas’ endless pandering.
I’ve heard 2 stories. One of them says that George Lucas is directing the film. One says that it’s Steven Spielberg. If it’s Steve-o, then I’m less worried. As a seasoned director I believe he can get a good performance out of pretty much anybody. If it’s Lucas…
Well, then I think we’ll end up with another Hollywood Homicide, and I know nobody wants that to happen.
See, Lucas panders. He wants to be cool to everybody. If this is Lucas’ show (and even having him attached makes me feel like this could happen,) then we may end up having a Shia Lebeouf character that acts exactly like the Transformers character.
You may say, ” I liked Transformers. What’s the problem?”
The problem is that the Indiana Jones trilogy was built on a certain kind of character and story. Indy never needed anybody to make him cool. In fact the third movie adds an un-cool dad to simply prove to moviegoers just how cool he is. The humor is built on dry wit and awesomeness. Not awkward conversations with parents about masturbation. Lucas will try to pull another jar-jar and appeal to the largest common denominator, negating anything good about the movie by offending his core audience. And why? For money, of course.
You would think that eventually these people would remember that what made them so much money in the first place was sticking to artistic vision. Maybe there’s something to that.