Whether you feel it necessary or not – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was after all an undeniable let down – Lucasfilm are moving forward with the much talked about Indiana Jones 5.
Chatting to Screen Daily only a few months ago, Steven Spielberg revealed his plans to make another Indiana Jones film and assured us that he’d never replace Harrison Ford in the title role. There had been up until that point rumours about passing on the whip to a younger actor – Chris Pratt being a popular choice – but Spielberg firmly dismissed them.
“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”.
Harrison Ford was also asked a little while back whether or not he would be interested in revisiting the iconic role, and his answer was a definite yes. “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” he said. “You know, an audience being there that has enjoyed the films, a character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
Yeah, what’s not to like… Sorry Harrison, but after Crystal Skull I’m only cautiously optimistic. Hopefully you and Steven can redeem yourselves. Read the official announcement below (via EW):
“Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office”.