A week ago today, Disney and LucasFilm made the announcement many fans had been waiting years for, confirming that Indiana Jones 5 is coming, setting a July 19, 2019 release date. Harrison Ford is confirmed to return, with Steven Spielberg back to direct. There has been nothing revealed about the story thus far, but Harrison Ford appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, where he revealed how excited he was to play Indy once again.
"I'll be ready. I'm excited about it. Listen, the opportunity to work with Steven (Spielberg) on this character, a chance to revisit this character which has brought pleasure to so many people...Not to mention me. No, it's fun. It's great fun to play this character. It's great fun to work with Steven. I'm looking forward to it."
When asked if they came up with an idea for the movie that he was excited about, the actor replied "Oh, yeah." Asked what this idea might be, the actor joked that he hasn't read the script yet, but was instead referring to his new contract. 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. We reported just last week that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull screenwriter David Koepp has come aboard to write the script.
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. It isn't known when production will begin on Indiana Jones 5 quite yet.
We also don't know if there are plans to bring Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBeouf back as Mutt Williams. The actor has become quite a controversial figure over the past few years, moving away from blockbuster fare into the indie scene, with roles in Charlie Countryman, Nymphomaniac Volume I, Nymphomaniac Volume II and the upcoming Man Down. While we wait for more updates, take a look at Harrison Ford's interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!