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.
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.