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. Here's what Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios, had to say about Indiana Jones 5 in a statement.
"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."
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. He later thrilled audiences in 1984's Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, 1989's Indiana Jones & 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.
Disney acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise back in December 2013, and ever since then, there have been no shortage of rumors about this project. Actors such as Bradley Cooper, Robert Pattinson and Chris Pratt were rumored to take over the franchise over the past few years, but nothing was ever confirmed about the project until now. There was a rumor that surfaced that the studio was eyeing a 2018 release for this project, but it seems that story was off by just a year.
As of now, there doesn't seem to be a screenwriter attached, but with more than three years left until Indy swings back into theaters, there is still plenty of time to find a writer. It is not known if George Lucas, who helped create the franchise and has come up with the stories for the past four movies, will be involved. The studio wouldn't say exactly when production would start, but stay tuned for more updates. Are you excited that Indy is finally coming back to the big screen?