Steven Spielberg may be approaching 70 years of age, but he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. His latest film The BFG is ramping up for release and his schedule following that is very busy. Not only is he busy, but his next couple of projects will be a massive return to blockbuster filmmaking with the adaptation of Ready Player One coming in 2018 and of course, Indiana Jones 5 set for 2019. Though we know very little about the follow up to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we at least know one major detail.
During the course of a very in depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the subject of Indy 5 naturally came up. Though Spielberg was a little hesitant to give any specific details on the project, he did say that fans will love it and that he promises not to kill Harrison Ford in the movie. Here is what Spielberg had to say.
"I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans. The one thing I will tell you is I'm not killing off [Harrison Ford] at the end of it."
It has also been said that they won't just be using Ford to play an older version of Indiana Jones in order to flashback to a younger version of the character. So, that should be of some comfort to fans. If we really want to pick apart Steven Spielberg's statement, he did say that he won't kill Ford at the "end" of the film, which could imply that he could kill him elsewhere in the movie, but it is very unlikely that is what Spielberg was getting at.
After more than three years of speculation, which started after Disney purchased Lucasfilm, the company finally announced that they were officially going to do Indiana Jones 5 with both Harrison Ford on board to reprise his iconic role and Steven Spielberg back on board to direct. It was later announced that David Koepp was being brought on board to pen the script for the sequel, which is perhaps less exciting as he wrote 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We still don't know if George Lucas will be involved in some capacity.
Though many fans weren't happy with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it was by most accounts a success. The film was received reasonably well by critics, at least at the time, and went on to gross $786 million at the box office worldwide. Spielberg has directed all four previous entries in the Indiana Jones franchise and isn't likely to return to the franchise just to disappoint fans again. Indiana Jones 5 is currently set for a July 19, 2019 release date.