After Disney acquired LucasFilm for a whopping $4 billion back in 2012, that gave the studio the rights to keep building on the Star Wars franchise, but it didn't include the company's other iconic character, Indiana Jones. Paramount still retained the rights to the that franchise, though over the past few years, there have been rumors that Disney could eventually take control of the franchise and give fans Indiana Jones 5. Those rumors came to an end in March, when Disney confirmed a 2019 release date, with Harrison Ford returning to star and Steven Spielberg set to direct. The question that remains, though, is will Indiana Jones 5 be the last movie in this sprawling adventure saga?
Bob Iger, who has overseen the company's purchases of Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm through his 11-year tenure as Disney CEO, was recently profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, who asked if he sees the Indiana Jones franchise as being as big as the Star Wars franchise. While he admitted that Indiana Jones won't be quite as massive or epic, he did admit that Indiana Jones 5 certainly won't be the final adventure for Dr. Henry Jones Jr.
"Not like Star Wars, but we hope... right now, we're focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. Well, we'll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That's what I mean. It's not really a reboot, it's a boot - a reboot. I don't know. We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off."
All that has been confirmed about Indiana Jones 5 at this point is Steven Spielberg will direct from a script by David Koepp. Producer Frank Marshall recently revealed that the story is a "continuation" of the Crystal Skull story line. Spielberg has also recently confirmed that he has no plans on killing off Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in this movie, but we'll have to wait and see where this franchise goes after the fifth installment.
Disney has already set a July 19, 2019 release date for Indiana Jones 5, but aside from Harrison Ford and the filmmakers involved, nothing else has been confirmed. There have been rumors that Shia LaBeouf may end up returning as Mutt Williams, but we have no confirmation that he, or any of the other previously-established Indiana Jones characters will be a part of this story. Stay tuned for more updates on Indiana Jones 5.