‘Indiana Jones 5’ set for 2019 with Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg directing
According to an official statement on the Walt Disney Company’s website, an untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie will arrive on July 19, 2019 and the whole gang is getting back together.
Harrison Ford will return as Indy, Steven Spielberg will be behind the camera, and 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.”
The statement adds that “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.
Slash Film offered up some great insight based on the fan reaction to the news.
“The fact that this news was announced on the Walt Disney Company website speaks volumes – this is the first Indiana Jones adventure to not be released by Paramount. After all, Indy was the property of Lucasfilm, which meant that Disney acquired him when they got in the Star Wars business back in 2012. By not releasing this news in a trade or even emailing out an official press release, Disney has made their message loud and clear: Indiana Jones belongs to them now, existing alongside Star Wars and Marvel and Pixar and everything else that you love.”
True statement. While there could be apprehension for a new film after Indy 5, Disney has earned the right to “wait and see.”
“You’d be hard-pressed to find many movie fans who were happy with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which has only further aged into one of modern cinema’s greatest sour notes over the past nine years. It’s the kind of thing people talk about in hushed whispers and with sad eyes – what the hell happened? While it’s easy to imagine the financial incentive in making a new Indiana Jones movie (Crystal Skull still made a ton of money), it’s also easy to imagine Spielberg and Ford not wanting their previous collaboration being the final Indy adventure. One of the finest heroes in pop culture history deserves to go out on a high note.”