After several years of only receiving minimal updates about the property’s future, and several rumors of a possible reboot happening down the line, Disney and Lucasfilm have finally announced the return of Indiana Jones to the big screen with the fifth installment in the franchise. From the sounds of it too, Harrison Ford hasn’t hung up his fedora and bull whip yet either.
The studio has officially revealed that a new Indiana Jones film will be hitting theatres on July 19th, 2019, with director Steven Spielberg set to helm the project and star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
Alan Horn, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, commented on the news with the following:
“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. 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 studio acquired the property in their big Lucasfilm buy back in 2012, but have been so busy putting the Star Wars franchise back into motion that anything Indiana Jones related had been put on hold for the time being. Now with The Force Awakens about to hit blu ray and DVD, production already underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, as well as a whole slew of anthology films in the works, it seems only fitting that the franchise be put back into development once again.
Despite rumors that the franchise would be starting over with possibly Chris Pratt taking on the role of Indiana Jones as well, something that Marshall squashed several months ago, Ford will be 77 when the newest film comes out, which doesn’t really come as that much of a surprise considering the actor’s highly-publicized love of the character.
After the franchise’s latest installment, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was met with some well-deserved hate from both fans and critics as well, it seems only right that Ford get at least one more shot at playing the role once again, in a hopefully better movie. With Spielberg back at the helm as well, let’s hope Indiana Jones 5 can put some of the franchise’s most recent sins in the ground, and give the character the kind of farewell he deserves onscreen.
The currently untitled fifth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise will hit theaters on July 19th, 2019.
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