‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Not Be the Last Says Disney CEO

By June 22, 2016

There’s been a lot of questions amongst the fan community about what exactly will happen in Disney and Lucasfilm’s now announced Indiana Jones 5, which will not only bring Steven Spielberg back on as director, but also Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Spielberg himself recently announced that the movie would not kill off the beloved character by any means, but with Disney owning the property, it’s almost certainly going to be a continuing franchise from here on out.

Which leaves the future of the Indiana Jones franchise as a bit of a mystery for the time being. There’s been talk that the movie could end with Ford’s Indiana passing the torch to a younger character, played by someone else, and then the rest of the Indiana Jones movies could follow a younger character that’s not actually Indiana Jones. I’ll admit too, that’s a bit confusing.

During a lengthy conversation with THR recently as well, Disney CEO, Bob Iger, confirmed that the fifth Indiana Jones film would not be the last, and while it won’t turn into a yearly thing like Star Wars, he did confirm that it wouldn’t be a one-off either. Check out the small excerpt below:

You have another Lucasfilm property, Indiana Jones, and Steven Spielberg has agreed to make a fifth film. Will there be an Indiana Jones universe, eventually, like Star Wars?

Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.

Reboot? You’ve got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger …

Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know.

THR has been using the term “requel” for these sequels that reboot the franchise.

Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.

But you do see making more films?

Yes, I do. I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.

So it sounds like Disney is hoping to capture the same kind of “requel” balance that something like Mad Max: Fury Road had last year, which was a long-gap sequel to a beloved franchise that not only brought back the property to the mainstream, but also did it with a different actor playing the lead role. Granted, the popularity of the Mad Max franchise doesn’t even compare to that of Indiana Jones, which is part of what will make it difficult for Disney and Lucasfilm to find the balance, whenever they do eventually move on from Ford’s Indiana Jones.

By the time Indiana Jones 5 comes out though, Harrison Ford will be 77 years old, making it (logically) his film as the character. So seeing what Disney does to keep the franchise after both he and Steven Spielberg likely say goodbye to it, should be interesting.

Indiana Jones 5 is set to hit theatres on July 19th, 2019.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable