Most moviegoers agree: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the last Indy adventure, was a bit of a bust. But you can’t keep a good franchise down. There have been occasional rumblings that Dr. Jones would return, possibly re-cast (as Chris Pratt) for a new generation. There was also talk of bringing Harrison Ford back to don the Fedora and crack the whip once more. Now it’s official: Indiana Jones is returning in 2019. A press release on The Walt Disney Company site (as pointed out by Birth.Movies.Death.) reveals that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford will reunite for a new Indiana Jones adventure July 19, 2019. “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,” says Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios Chairman, in the announcement. “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.”
There are no plot details yet, nor a title, but expect the good Dr. Jones to be sarcastic, handsome, and elderly. Fans may have a knee-jerk reaction to this news, groaning inwardly (and outwardly) that after Crystal Skull it’s best to let bygones be bygones. But Spielberg remains a master of the craft, and his recent turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens proved that Harrison Ford can wake up long enough to actually turn in an enjoyable performance. Whatever you think of Crystal Skull, Spielberg and Ford have earned the benefit of the doubt. Let’s just hope Harrison Ford doesn’t crash another plane in the meantime. You can read the full announcement below.
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.