Last month, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that a new Indiana Jones movie will be happening at Disney, although she wouldn't give a specific timeline as to when a sequel may actually go into production, or arrive in theaters. Disney acquired the rights to the franchise from Paramount Pictures back in December 2013, but we haven't heard anything definitive about Indiana Jones 5 since then. Today we have an unconfirmed report from AICN that claims Disney and Lucasfilm are penciling in a fourth-quarter 2018 release date for Indiana Jones 5.
However, Frank Marshall revealed in a separate interview that there have been "no discussions to date" regarding the sequel's release date, or the rumors that Chris Pratt was taking over the franchise. There had been speculation about the actor replacing Harrison Ford forseveral months, now, but he denied rumors that he was being considered for the iconic role, since he has already committed to making several more sequels for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. When the rumors about Chris Pratt were swirling, it wasn't known if he was being eyed to play the new Indy, or just a new character alongside Harrison Ford, but Steven Spielberg himself even endorsed the idea of a Chris Pratt-lead reboot, which he said he would direct if the script was good enough.
Steven Spielberg directed all four movies in the franchise, starting with 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, 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. Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, it will likely be quite a long time before we hear any confirmation about who is writing, directing, or starring in Indiana Jones 5. Do you think Chris Pratt should play the rebooted Indy, making a case that he should star in every franchise from now until the end of time? Or would you rather see Harrison Ford come back for one last adventure as the original Indiana Jones?