Disney announces Indiana Jones 5! Steven Spielberg & Harrison Ford Back
Disney has just announced that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are on board for the fifth film in the Indiana Jones film series. Spielberg will be returning to the director’s chair once again, after directing the first four. Indiana Jones 5, which does not yet have an official title, will hit screens on July 19, 2019. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the new installment, as they have for the previous films in the series.
“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 Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. “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.”
George Lucas, who sold Lucasfilm to Disney a few years back, will not be involved in the project. Typically, Lucas and Spielberg would come together and hash out the story together – not starting production until the two agreed on everything. This explains the large gaps in between some of the films. With Lucas not involved, Spielberg will be the king of the newest installment.
Indiana Jones was first featured in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark which went on to gross $390 million worldwide. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom followed in 1984, grossing $333 million worldwide. 1989 saw the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and went on to gross $475 million. 19 years later, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released to both fan fanaticism and critical blows. It went on to gross $787 million. It seemed at the time, to be a “pass the torch” film which would have seen Indiana’s son, played by Shia LeBeouf, take on the mantle of the action adventure hero. That seemingly failed to happen, as Chris Pratt has been rumored for the fifth installment. Additionally, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles ran on ABC TV for 3 seasons through 24 episodes and 4 TV movies. The excellent show, which you can buy here, was produced by Lucas himself, and is cannon in the Indiana Jones universe.
Expect tons of tie ins, re-releases, comic book announcements, and much more in the coming few years. And as always, expect us to cover every bit of it! What do you think? Tell us in the comments!