Disney have confirmed that Steven Spielberg will be directing a fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ film that will see Harrison Ford reprise his whip-cracking iconic role. Spielberg directed all four of the previous entries in the franchise, the last of which was ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ which was released in 2008 and starred Shia Labeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, and John Hurt.
In the official statement, Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, says that “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. 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.”
Given the very poor reception ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ received, a fifth film comes as quite a surprise to me. Let’s hope that lessons have been learned and Spielberg and Ford deliver a film reminiscent to the originals people love.
The fifth Indiana Jones films is set to hit theatres 19th July, 2019.