Last month, LucasFilm put a slew of rumors to rest by confirming that Indiana Jones 5 is finally moving forward, with Harrison Ford set to star and Steven Spielberg directing from a script by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp. Of course, no story details have surfaced thus far, but Variety caught up with producer Frank Marshall, who revealed that the story will continue where Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left off, and it won't be a prequel as previously rumored.
No one seems quite sure what Frank Marshall meant when he said Indiana Jones 5 will continue the story of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It isn't known if the new story will be directly linked to the events in that movie, if the same characters are coming back, or if it will simply pick back up at that moment in time for Henry Jones Jr. and his family. One thing is for certain, it doesn't sound like Frank Marshall wants anyone to step in and play Indiana Jones any time soon. Here's what he had to say about someone else taking over for Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
"It's all about the story. I think both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones, we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that."
Back in December 2013, Disney acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, and rumors had swirled ever since then about this long-awaited adventure. Some rumors claimed that actors such as Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper were being sought to replace Harrison Ford. Those rumors were never confirmed, but now that we know this new story will follow Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it remains to be seen if Shia LaBeouf will return as Mutt Williams, the son of Indy and Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen).
Indiana Jones co-creator George Lucas came up with the story for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, just as he did for Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom in 1984 and Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade in 1989. It isn't known if he is at all involved with Indiana Jones 5. Disney has set a July 19, 2019 release date for the sequel, but it isn't known when production may begin. Steven Spielberg is currently prepping Ready Player One (May 30, 2018), and he'll next direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which is being fast-tracked for a 2017 release.
As of now, all we know is that Indiana Jones 5 is happening, with Harrison Ford returning to don the fedora one more time. We don't know for sure if this will be Indy's final adventure simply because of the actor's age, but Frank Marshall seems to thank that more sequels are possible after 2019. With more than three years left until Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters, we'll have to wait and see how the story develops. Are you glad that Indiana Jones 5 will take place after Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Or would you rather see a prequel?