With the recent Disney merge with Fox, there have been a number of shifts in the proposed project line-ups for both entities. Some projects have been cancelled, some have been put on hold and some have been delayed. The next installment in the Indiana Jones series – Indiana Jones 5 – falls into that final category. For now at least.
Disney recently announced its eight-year movie schedule. While the next Indy film isn’t set to be released this year as originally planned when it was first announced back in 2016 (but given we haven’t heard anything much else about the project let alone had production begin, this is hardly a shock to anyone), the film is still on Disney’s books (that is a bit of a shock). However, fans will be waiting quite a while. Its current release is set for July 21, 2021.
What fans will be wanting to know is whether director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford are still involved in the film. Well we are pleased to ease your mind and confirm that both are still committed to bringing Indy back to the big screen for at least one more outing.
A script for the film had been written by David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jurassic Park), but was later picked up by Jonathan Kasdan (co-writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story). It is not known the current status of that script.
Nor is it clear when production is likely to start on the movie with both Spielberg and Ford looking at pretty full calendars for the next little while. Spielberg is working on a new version of the musical West Side Story with Disney (set for release December 18 next year). Meanwhile Ford is also working on another Disney project (following the Fox acquisition) – starring as John Thornton in an adaptation of Jack London’s classic frontier story The Call of the Wild. That is one of the films whose release has been recently changed, from December this year to February 21, 2020.
With Ford turning 77 this July, does he have it in him for another round as the swashbuckling archaeologist? When asked prior to the release of The Force Awakens (which itself is almost four years ago) if he wanted to play Jones again, Ford was very enthusiastic about the opportunity. “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” he said. “You know, an audience being there that has enjoyed the films, a character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
Here’s hoping he still feels the same way and we see a new Indy film in cinemas in time for his 79th birthday.