There has been speculation and rumor for years about a fifth Indiana Jones movie, especially as Spielberg insisted that recasting wasn’t an option and Harrison Ford being busy with his other classic franchise. But now, it’s official: Disney has announced that Indiana Jones 5, starring Harrison Ford and directed by Stephen Spielberg, is in fact confirmed and will be on screens July 19th, 2019.
There’s not much in the way of information beyond that, although there’s plenty we’ve pieced together. In fact, the movie doesn’t even have a title. But we do know it’s been in the works for a while, with everybody up to and including the CEO of Disney dropping hints that Indy wasn’t fully retired yet. Here’s the full announcement:
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.”
While not a lot of facts are out there, there’s plenty we’ve pieced together.
The main question on everyone’s lips now is: Where does the series go from here? Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull attempted to put Indy in the center of a ’50s SF story, and fans were less than enthusiastic. Is Indy back to finding ancient, supernatural evil? And how will the script deal with Ford, who will celebrate his 77th birthday right before this movie comes out? (Also: There’s a name conspicuously absent from this press release: George Lucas.) One way or the other, though, Indy is back, and we’re glad to have him.