In an official press release yesterday, Disney announced that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford have committed to a fifth Indiana Jones film. While the press release leaves out a lot of info—i.e. no involvement from the character's co-creator George Lucas—there are some interesting tidbits in there. Prepare for some rampant speculation on our part about what to expect from Indy 5.
SPIELBERG AND FORD REUNITE AS INDIANA JONES RETURNS TO THEATERS JULY 19, 2019
Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.
“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.”
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.
Official Double Viking Predictions for IJ 5
They will Kill Off or, Worst Case Scenario, Recast Mutt
Set aside for a moment that some fans of this franchise are going to make excuses for Mutt's existence in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but I think most rational people would agree that Shia LaBeef's character was the worst thing about the film. As wisely pointed out by We Hate Movies in their fantastic episode on the film, Mutt's a total Poochie, and he frankly reeks of the worst of George Lucas' character decisions. Yes, I get it Lucas apologists, the man can do no wrong, but since Lucas isn't involved, I expect this to be the first thing Spielberg decides to walk back. They killed off Sean Connery, you think they won't kill you off too LaBeef?
The Return of Sallah
When he's not doubling down on his Islamophobia, John Rhys-Davies is publicly decrying Lucas and Spielberg's offer to green screen Sallah into the church for Indy and Marion's wedding at the Crystal Skull. Surely Spielberg recognizes that the two characters that the two best Indy movies have in common are Sallah and Marcus Brody, but since the wonderful Denholm Elliott has shuffled off this mortal coil, the least he could do is bring back Sallah. Rhys-Davies is still full of piss and vinegar, and no matter what they give him to do, it's fairly undeniable that he'd help elevate the film.
No More Stupid Aliens
If Mutt's the worst thing about KotCS, the stupid cgi aliens at the end are most assuredly the second worst thing. Spielberg himself can't get far enough away from them, so more than likely, Indy 5 won't be another alien movie. Since that film was set in 1957, I expect this one will take place in the late 60s, and the alien craze was more or less played out by then. So who will Indy get into scuffles with? No clue, hippies maybe. Anything but aliens.
Harrison Ford will Make Us Believe in Indy Again
One of the best things about The Force Awakens was seeing Harrison Ford engaged with the material and looking like he was having a lot of fun. I get the idea that Ford views this as his swan song for Indy as well and will likely throw himself into his second most iconic role. If his return to the role of Han Solo taught us nothing else, it's that Ford will give a shit when the script and filmmakers give him a reason to give one. I suspect that this will be the case in this film as well.