It’s the film franchise that just keeps on kicking. Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have announced that they’ll be teaming up once again for an Indiana Jones movie set for July 19, 2019.
Here’s the full 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.
Just this year Harrison Ford spoke fondly on his career as the whip-slinging archaeologist: “I must say that I think the luck of my career is that, between Star Wars and Indiana Jones, I had the opportunity to bank a bunch of films that are reintroduced to succeeding generations, which basically have kept me… at least they’ve kept [audiences] acquainted with me,” Ford told EW. “And that’s been good for me.”
It’s been rumored for some time that an Indiana Jones reboot might be coming in the near future, but most speculation surrounded the possibility of bringing on a newer, younger Indiana Jones, such as Chris Pratt. Lucasfilm, however, has stated that they are not interested in doing “the Bond thing” by introducing someone else and calling him Indiana Jones. It’s certainly true that it’s impossible to see anyone else as the iconic character, but we can’t help but wonder if the new film will suffer or be better for having Ford back.
There still isn’t any word on potential writers, but there’s no doubt that Lucasfilm is already hard at work finding the perfect team.
We’ll keep you updated on Indiana Jones news as it breaks, but for now let us know what you think of the reboot in the comments below!