When Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm, obviously they mainly had their sights set on Star Wars and as we've seen in the past year, it's proven very successful but now it seems like Lucasfilm hopes to bring back their second most beloved franchise; Indiana Jones.
In the announcement by Disney, Alan Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studious said the following:
"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. 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."
Bringing back Spielberg and Ford for a fifth Indiana Jones film is a smart move on behalf of Disney. We know that the idea of a complete reboot has been tossed around with stars like Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) rumored to take on the iconic role but bringing back Ford for a fifth time ensures continuity within the franchise and allows the filmmakers to make up for the less than stellar Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull which left many fans unsatisfied.
The official press release also confirmed that Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will be back to produce the as of yet untitled Indiana Jones 5. There is no information on a screenwriter or a plot for the film as of yet.
By the time this film is released, Harrison Ford will be 76 years old, not the best age to star in an action film, but as we saw in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford still has that movie star quality and the energy to pull off one of his most iconic characters.
With a current release date of July 19th 2019, just one week after Marvel's Inhumans opens, both properties are owned by Disney so expect one of these films to shift release dates.
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