A new press release from Disney has just confirmed that one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, Indiana Jones, will be returning to the big screen in Indiana Jones 5. The film is slated for release on July 19, 2019, and Steven Spielberg is set to return to the director’s chair, while Harrison Ford is on board to play Jones once again.
Spielberg has directed and Ford has starred in all of the other installments in the series, which include 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, 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.
Ford was 65 years old when Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit theaters and will be 77 years old when the new film is released, which very well may make him the oldest living action star.
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce the film, but George Lucas, who served as both an executive producer and writer on the first four films, is surprisingly not mentioned in the press release. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s not involved, but it will be interesting to see if Indiana Jones is the second franchise to move forward without Lucas (the first being Star Wars with The Force Awakens), following Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012.
Read the full official press release here:
SPIELBERG AND FORD REUNITE AS INDIANA JONES RETURNS TO THEATERS JULY 19, 2019
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.