Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Art, Harrison Ford

Indiana Jones 5 with Ford and Spielberg Coming in 2019!

Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford

We all knew that it was only a matter of time before Indiana Jones got the attention of Disney after it dealt with the matter of setting Star Wars to rights.  The other part of their acquisition of Lucasfilm will begin its tenure under THE MOUSE when Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019.  Harrison Ford is returning to play Indiana and Steven Spielberg will be returning to direct.  George Lucas will NOT be returning to produce and work on the screenplay.

Over the years Ford and Spielberg have both publicly turned on Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull and not so subtly blamed Lucas for its flaws, so not seeing him returning is not much of a surprise.  The question you’re all asking (how OLD will Ford be by then?) is 77.  While Spielberg has said the character will never be recast, he has absolutely no control over that and it absolutely will be recast.  Disney didn’t buy the rights to make one movie.  It would be a great opportunity to try to pass the torch again (this time not to a certified psychopath like Shia LeBeouf), but who knows what Indy’s last adventure will be.  If Ford brings back the magic we saw when he slipped back into Han Solo’s skin for a final time, I can’t wait.  The full press release from Disney is below.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford

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.

3 thoughts on “Indiana Jones 5 with Ford and Spielberg Coming in 2019!”

  1. I do not blame Lucas for Crystal Skull. Spielberg was the one who thought he saw something in Shia. And if Speilberg didn’t like Lucas’s ideas, he didn’t have to make the movie.

    But I wasn’t aware that Spielberg ever bad-mouthed Lucas regarding Crystal Skull. The two of them are best friends, and at one point Spielberg took credit for dreaming up the refrigerator scene (Lucas later contradicted this, and said that no, Spielberg was merely “protecting” him). I’ve always had a suspicion that when Spielberg said he was done with making action movies, it was just a gentle way of avoiding Indy 5 until Lucas retired. I’m pretty sure Spielberg always had every intention of making another one and ending the original franchise on a high note.

    Putting all that aside, I’m actually able to enjoy the first half of Crystal Skull. The problem with the 50’s B movie vibe is that it’s not taken far enough, and disappears in the movie’s second half. IMO the B movie angle gives the film its own identity, and I liked that. Sue me.

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    1. I don’t hate all of it, but some of it was freaking absurd even in an Indy movie, so I’m glad this gives us another chance to bid adieu to one of the great screen characters (until Disney recasts him, which they will).

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      1. The fridge scene didn’t bother me too much, I guess because I liked the way it put the film so firmly in the 1950’s milieu. But when Shia started swinging on vines, it tipped the balance and the film was lost.

        I hope we see a more cerebral Indiana Jones. Ford was wonderful as Han again, but Indy is different. Maybe make Indy 5 more like The DaVici Code, with the plot centered more on a mystery than nonstop action (though hopefully the similarity to the DaVici Code ends there).

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