In all the excitement about having a new Star Wars movie every year, the news that Lucasfilm was also working on a fifth Indiana Jones film was sort of pushed to the side. But now that Steven Spielberg’s latest movie “Ready Player One” has opened in theaters, he’s started to talk our favorite archeologist again.
Turns out the fifth adventure of Indiana Jones will begin shooting a year from now with a July 20, 2020 release date. Spielberg is attached to direct with Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. But according to an interview in The Sun, Spielberg thinks it might be Ford’s last time sporting the famous fedora.
“This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that,” he said.
Spielberg also thinks the franchise could one day pull it’s own Doctor Who maneuver and cast a woman as the lead.
“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that,” he said.
The first film with Indiana Jones was “Raiders of the Lost Art” in 1981, which makes it a bit easier to believe that Harrison Ford will turn 76 next year. If they’re going to transition the franchise to a new lead, the fifth film will be the time to do it.
Of course, Disney CEO Bob Iger has already promised that the Indiana Jones franchise will continue. It certainly was one of the reason for buying Lucasfilm. I mean, they can’t intend on bringing back Howard the Duck… but maybe they could take another crack at Willow!
Do you think the franchise should die when Ford bows out or do you want to see Indiana Jones continue as a franchise without him?