Indiana Jones V has a fedora-clad elephant in the room, in the form of Harrison Ford’s age. Ford is turning 74 next month, and to be fair, the guy is still pretty much an action hero in real life. Still, though, you’ve got to ask how much longer Doctor Jones can spend in the field, and whether or not it’ll catch up with him. According to Steven Spielberg, though, one possible ending is absolutely off the table.
In an overview of his career at the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg makes it clear Indy won’t be meeting his final reward:
“I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans.” He won’t reveal plot details, except this: “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”
Notice, however, he’s not ruling out Indy falling into a fountain of youth and crawling out looking suspiciously like Chris Pratt. As we’ve pointed out before, now that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has thrown ancient aliens and not-so-psychic Russians into the equation, the Indy franchise can get as weird as it likes…although we’re hoping that doesn’t include Mutt.
We’ve got a long wait ahead of us to find out. Indiana Jones V isn’t going to be out until July 2019. So until then, we can speculate about the greatest mystery in the franchise: Why wasn’t it just Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)