Indiana Jones 5 is definitely happening with star Harrison Ford set to return as the iconic archeologist and director Steven Spielberg behind the lens for this next freewheeling adventure. Now, Spielberg has confirmed that this long-awaited sequel will officially begin production in April 2019, with location shooting to take place in the U.K.

Steven Spielberg has been plenty busy lately. His latest drama The Post had a good swing through the Oscars. And now, his next sci-fi masterpiece Ready Player One is almost ready for release after premiering at the SXSW film festival to unanimous praise. The director is back to his genre roots, and Indiana Jones 5 should reestablish Henry Jones Jr. as the premiere adventurer for all ages. Even if the character is well into his 70s.

Spielberg appeared at the Empire Awards last night, where he officially announced the production start date for Indiana Jones 5. The shoot is just a little more than a year away, as the script continues to be worked on. The director had this to say about his future endeavors.

"It's always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK. The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers, everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here."

Indiana Jones 5 has already been given an official July 20, 2020 release date by Disney. Franchise producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshal are back in the fray. And David Koepp, the man behind the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull script, is back writing this new tale for the famed college professor and treasure seeker. The story is being kept under lock and key for the time being, but it's been strongly rumored that Indy's wife Marion Ravenwood will be back. Sadly their son Mutt Williams will be MIA.

Related: Indiana Jones 5 Is Harrison Ford's Last, But Franchise Will Continue

Indiana Jones first appeared in the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. The character has gone onto have a strong life in both film and television with the sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. ABC ran The Young Adventures of Indiana Jones in 1992, and the franchise even has its own popular Disneyland ride.

Disney claims that Indiana Jones 5 won't be the last movie in the franchise, but it looks like it will definitely be the last outing for Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, with a younger team to take over sometime in the future, with someone else stepping into play the character in post-Ford installments. Chris Pratt was an early favorite for the role, but that will all be decided at a much later date, after the next movie arrives in 2020. You can check out Spielberg at the Empire Awards in the video below. The director is taking over this month's issue of the popular genre movie magazine.

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