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Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford Reunite for New Indiana Jones Movie in 2019

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 2:52 PM

The Walt Disney Company announced last month that director Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford will be reuniting to make a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, to be released July 19, 2019. 

“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.”

Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the movie, according to the announcement.

Indiana Jones was introduced to audiences in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. The considerably darker Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom followed in 1984, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade introduced Sean Connery as Indy's father in 1989.

The last installment, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released to critical disdain in 2008 and basically killed any chance that Shia LaBeouf had to take over the franchise.

It will be interesting to see where they can take the franchise from here. A big issue is that Harrison Ford is 73 years old and he probably won't be real interested in being dragged behind trucks or other similar activities, so I would expect that they may try to focus on the intrigue behind treasure hunting rather than the swashbuckling aspects.

An article published yesterday in trade magazine Variety quotes Frank Marshall as saying that they will not replace Harrison Ford with a new, younger Indiana Jones:

Producer Frank Marshall expressed excitement about getting under way in the making of the fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and said he can’t imagine ever having another actor replace Harrison Ford in the title role.

In a Q&A on Monday after being named CinemaCon’s producer of the decade, Marshall called it “pretty sweet” to be returning to the film series that introduced him 35 years ago to director Steven Spielberg and to his future wife, Kathleen Kennedy, now president of “Star Wars” maker Lucasfilm.

Asked by Variety senior film and media writer Brent Lang about continuing “Indiana Jones” for even more sequels, Marshall said it could happen. “It’s all about the story. I think both in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series and on ‘Indiana Jones,’ we are not going to do the Bond thing,” Marshall said, referring to rotating different actors through the title roles in the two franchises that he oversees. “We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.”

We have an entry for the new movie, which is tentatively titled Indiana Jones 5 but will change once a new title is officially announced. Be sure to add the movie to your Favorite Movies list so you can stay updated on all the latest developments!

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