It had been 19 years between 1989's Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade and 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and many fans have wondered if it will be that long before Indiana Jones 5 finally hits theaters. Just one year after Disney acquired George Lucas' LucasFilm for $4 billion in 2012, the studio also picked up the Indiana Jones franchise rights from Paramount, which offered fans hope that Indiana Jones 5 may still see the light of day. Disney CEO Robert A. Iger recently appeared on Bloomberg Go, where he confirmed that Indiana Jones 5 is in fact coming, but, unfortunately, he wouldn't say when.
"It starts with great storytelling. That's the heart of the company, going all the way back to 1923 when it was founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy. It's all about storytelling. That's what creates the most value. We had in Pixar, some of the greatest storytellers that existed in motion pictures, certainly the best in animation. We had in Marvel, stories and characters, great storytelling, and obviously in George Lucas' Star Wars, and Indiana Jones, by the way, as well, which will be coming, we have more great stories."
This revelation certainly isn't anything new, since LucasFilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy revealed in May that Disney is planning on making a new Indiana Jones movie, but she wasn't quite sure when that would happen. She added that there isn't a script in development yet, but they are discussing this sequel. Just a month later, a rumor surfaced that Disney was planning on a 2018 release for Indiana Jones 5, but that was debunked shortly thereafter by producer Frank Marshall.
The producer also squashed speculation that Disney was eyeing Chris Pratt to take over the franchise from Harrison Ford. The actor himself said in November that he still does want to make the sequel. It isn't known if Steven Spielberg would come back to direct the sequel, but the actor said that he wanted to work with this celebrated filmmaker once again.
Steven Spielberg himself said Harrison Ford is the only Indiana Jones, but we still don't seem any closer to getting Indy back on the big screen than we were after the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Do you want to see Harrison Ford don the fedora and bullwhip one last time? Or should the franchise be put out to pasture? Take a look at Robert A. Iger full video interview below, and stay tuned for more on Indiana Jones 5.