At least, if Harrison Ford has his way he will: The actor has told George Lucas and Steven Spielberg of his desire to kill off the adventurous Dr. Jones in the next chapter. And this wouldn't be the first time Ford has tried to off one of his own beloved characters.
The 68-year-old Ford reportedly wants to do away with Indiana Jones and hand the hat and whip to Shia LeBeouf, who played the Jones the Younger in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. According to Showbizspy, an insider revealed that:
"Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat to his son in the next one. ... George especially is resisting the notion but Steven is considering it."
Lucas has a history of resisting Ford's herocidal tendencies. If you'll remember, Ford desperately wanted Han Solo to buy the farm at the end of Return of the Jedi, but Lucas wouldn't hear of it. As he recently told ABC News: "As a character, he was not so interesting to me ... I thought he should have died in the last one" to give Jedi some weight, but Lucas didn't feel there was much of a future in "dead Han toys."
I've stated my feelings on character mortality before, so I think you know where I stand: A hero is an incomplete sentence until you put a final period at the end.
UPDATE: Harrison Ford's representatives have contacted The Huffington Post to say that any reports that Ford wishes to kill off the Indiana Jones character are false.