Indiana Jones 5 is Officially Happening!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008This is not a drill. I repeat – this is not a drill! A fifth Indiana Jones film is happening! Harrison Ford is returning as Indy, and Steven Spielberg will be back in the director’s chair. A release date has even been announced – July 19th 2019.

Unfortunately… that’s pretty much all that was revealed in the press release. There’s no word on who’s writing the script, whether or not Shia Labeouf will be returning (please no), and it’s unclear if George Lucas will be involved. We don’t even have a title yet.

Here’s the full press release from Disney:

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.

I’m really stunned at this announcement. Spielberg was initially reluctant to make Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he even ended The Last Crusade with a shot of the characters riding off into the sunset in order to symbolize the end of the franchise. And lots of fans really weren’t pleased, to say the least, with Crystal Skull.

Perhaps Indy 5 is a knock-on effect from The Force AwakensWhatever the reason, we only have three years to wait for the new Indiana Jones film.

And if you’re a gigantic Harrison Ford fan, you’ll also get to see him back in action in the Blade Runner sequel (yes, that’s also happening, for real) on January 12th 2018.

As for Steven Spielberg, his next film scheduled for release an adaptation of The BFG, which releases on July 1st this year. Following that, he’ll be adapting Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One, due for release on March 30th 2018.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited about the prospect of another entry in the series? Or do you think that the folks at Disney are simply beating a dead horse?

Let us know in the comments below.

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