Let’s be honest, we all knew it would happen eventually, but this still comes as a nice surprise nonetheless. Yes, Dr Henry Walton Jones himself will be donning the fedora once more, as Indiana Jones 5 has been confirmed.
The news was broken yesterday by Disney, who sent out the following press release:
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.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s not exactly a huge surprise. With Disney now owning the rights, they were clearly going to make a follow-up sooner or later. And if Star Wars is anything to go by, you can bet that this will not be the last we see of Indy, not by a longshot.
The other thing to take from this: no George Lucas. Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are back, but that’s only two thirds of it. Maybe Lucas is content to rest on his billions – which is fine, because he’s definitely earned the break.
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