Get your hat and whip ready; Disney recently announced that everyone’s favorite archaeologist - Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones – will be returning to the big screen in a fifth installment of the beloved franchise. Not only will the good doctor once again take to the deserts and jungles of the world in search for lost treasure and artifacts, but Harrison Ford will once again be reprising the titular role.
Joining Ford will be Steven Spielberg, who will once again sit in the director’s chair for the project, slated to release July 19, 2019. George Lucas is reported to not be involved with the project.
Since the release of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, Dr. Jones has been a mainstay figure in the minds of many young and adventurous minds. Not only has “Indy” been a success among fans, but the franchise has brought in over $2 billion across the globe in box office sales and has been the starting place for various TV shows, theme park attracts and a plethora collectible goodies.
Ford last took up the titular role in 2008 when he teamed up with Shia LeBeouf to completely embarrass the series in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
Though “Crystal Skull” made more in the box office than any other film in the franchise, the series is in need of a powerhouse fifth film to reinvigorate “Indiana Jones,” especially since few fans want their last memory of the beloved archaeologist to include LeBeouf, aliens and Indy surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator.
According to a statement by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, “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.”
The as of yet unnamed “Indiana Jones” film may just be what the franchise needs, though, and couldn’t come at a better time. Ford has been on a roll with reboots and sequels, having recently returned to his role as Han Solo in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” to tragic on-screen results.
(It’s not a spoiler anymore, Han Solo dies)
Not satisfied with just returning to a galaxy far, far away, Ford is also slated to return as former cop turned android slayer, Rick Deckard, in an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic, “Blade Runner,” set to release in 2018.
The question still remains: will the fifth “Indiana Jones” film include the retirement of Dr. Jones? Will an apprentice/protege make him or herself apparent and take the archaeological torch from Indy?
As long as it’s not LeBeouf, the series should remain in good hands, and Ford will be swimming in a pool of money.
Look for the newest “Indiana Jones” film in 2019.