It’s all happening! A fifth Indiana Jones movie is indeed on its way – Steven Spielberg said so.
While in London over the weekend, Spielberg said (via Variety) he’s planning to start shooting the untitled fifth installment for Disney in the UK.
The director was at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards on Sunday, accepting the Legend of Our Lifetime award, and praised the UK film industry.
He said on stage, “It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK. The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”
Disney announced way back in 2016 that they were teaming with Spielberg to do a fifth Indiana Jones, and that star Harrison Ford was on board to play his ancient artifact-seeking alter ego. No other details have been released, of course, but screenwriter David Koepp was hired to write it.
Koepp also wrote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but I’m just going to chalk that one up to maybe a misstep and look forward. I’m going to have faith he can come up with something far better than Crystal Skull. To honest, I thought that disastrous 2008 movie would have killed the franchise for good, but no.
Just wonder how they are going to pass the torch to keep the Indiana Jones thing alive. After Crystal Skull, it was assumed Shia LaBeouf’s character (Jones’ son) might take over, but that didn’t happen. Is Ford doing this one so they can kill off Jones in a proper fashion like he did with Han Solo in The Force Awakens? It’s pretty well known the actor never liked playing Solo but has said he always enjoyed being Indy. So, who knows?
The film has been set to bow on July 10, 2020. Meanwhile, Spielberg is returning to his sci-fi glory with Ready Player One, which will open on March 29.