Ever since Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull there have been rumblings about another film outing for Indy (with many hoping another movie would be made just so the franchise didn’t go out with its underwhelming last installment). There have even been suggestions that Harrison Ford only agreed to make The Force Awakens if Disney promised to make Indy 5.
Now the House Of Mouse has announced that’s exactly what they’re doing, as it’s been revealed that Indiana Jones 5 will be released on July 19th, 2019. There’s no mention of George Lucas though, who was intimately involved in the earlier films and came up with all the stories. As with Star Wars, it’s likely he gave up creative control when he sold Lucasfilm, and if he’s involved at all it will be in a reduced capacity.
There’s also no mention of Shia Labeouf, and it seems unlikely he’ll be back as Mutt (to may people’s relief). Nor is there any info about the plot.
Here’s the full statement from Disney:
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.