Hold on to your fedora and dust off the leather jacket, Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019. The epic adventure movie will be the fifth in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will direct the as-yet-untitled project and Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role.
“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
As we all know 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 – and later thrilled audiences in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989’s Indiana Jones and 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.
There has been some concern that Ford would be too old to reprise his role, he will be 77 in 2019, and that the series needed a reboot. The other idea is that this is the chance for Indy to pass off his hat and whip to a new generation. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Right now Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” is scheduled for June of 2019 with no other Disney film until November of 2019 and then, of course, Star Wars: Episode IX will drop that December.
Also, I think this is a good sign that the Indiana Jones stunt show will stay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If anything, I hope Disney decides to carve out a little extra room backstage for an expanded Indiana Jones themed land, with a ride or two.
That a fifth film in the franchise was desired had been mentioned by both Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm and Bob Iger, Disney CEO. But this is the official, official announcement. Are you excited?