indiana jones

Well, I gotta say – I didn’t see this one coming. Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are partnering up to create the fifth installment of Indiana Jones and want to release in July 2019.

Here’s the announcement:

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.

Many of you most likely recognize Kathleen Kennedy’s name. She has been in the Star Wars spotlight for the last few years as President of Lucasfilm. Frank Marshall was involved in the highly successful film, Jurassic World from last summer.

All the pieces are in place to make a great film for the franchise. However, that was the case with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and that film left a bit to be desired. I don’t think they will be asking Shia LaBeouf back for the film. What younger actors will they court? Who’s going to write the film? How involved will George Lucas be?

What do you think?

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via Entertainment Weekly