Big news in the film world comes by way of Disney today, as the media giant announced Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have both been confirmed for an untitled “Indiana Jones 5” film set to debut in 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 Disney chairman Alan Horn in the announcement. “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.”
Head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall are on board to produce the film.
Spielberg has directed every film in the series thus far. The last time Ford took up the famous Indy get-up was 2008, in the oft-derided fourth film, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Ford, who will be 77 when the film is set to release on July 19, 2019, was rumored to be turning over the series to Shia LaBeouf, who played his son in the fourth film. Later it was rumored that a full reboot of the series might happen, with an up-and-coming actor in the iconic role of Indiana Jones. In the end, neither scheme panned out.
Although the release is scant on details, the omission of a mention of George Lucas has many wondering if Disney (who gained control over the films back in 2013, although Paramount retains rights to the first four movies, as well as some financial kickbacks on future films) is going in a different direction. Previously, Lucas, a longtime friend and collaborator of Spielberg’s, had developed the stories for the franchise.
Stay tuned for more details on the project.