Disney Announce Spielberg And Ford Back For Indiana Jones 5 in 2019!
Disney’s Official Announcement
By the time Indiana Jones 5 lands it will have been almost 10 years since his last adventure, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull in 2008. For some reason Slash Film yesterday created a new article based around Disney’s announcement from March 15th 2016, which contained the release of date of 19th July 2019. But since the Finding Ford website didn’t exist last year, it seems like a good excuse for me to follow suit in posting this news and sharing my thoughts.
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.”
His Last Adventure?
Indy’s last outing was divisive with fans and critics alike, but never the less a huge financial success. Your humble Finding Ford narrator has to admit that the opening 20 minutes of KOTCS were worth the 19 year wait alone, it was amazing! I didn’t get swept up in all that “nuke the fridge” nay-saying… Did they see the rubber dingy escape from a plane in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom? But still there were a few issues, the dialogue wasn’t anywhere near the snappy quality of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, and I felt the new father / son relationship should have gone toe to toe with this, but it didn’t. Indy was surrounded by too many sidekicks, Karen Allen was underused, and lets not mention the monkeys. I had no problem with the aliens though, they had done religion three times and it was the perfect choice for the 1950s B Movie style of the piece. I think it was the weakest of the series but still a kick-ass Indy film, I was pumped to see him return, and I still get chills watching the trailer.
Speaking in 2013 Ford said: “We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”
Indy Is Human, He Ages Too!
I’m sure the internet and press will be full of wise cracks about Harrison Ford being too old, and one last cash in etc etc, but you won’t find any of that here. If he’s as psychically fit as he always is and able to do “running, jumping, and falling down” (as Ford calls it) there’s no reason he shouldn’t come back. He actually did more stunts in the fourth film than the other three combined, due to the advances in stunt and wire technology. Ford has been quoted as saying there’s no reason he can’t still kick ass, but perhaps not do as much of it. Seeing the character grow older and explore different eras of history is a fantastic concept, and really what the story of an archaeologist should be surely? With the time that has elapsed between Indy 5 and Indy 4, it seems likely that he’ll be entering the 1960s this time, which presents a whole host of great possibilities for the character.
As an Indian Jones fan there’s a few things I would like to see, just because I put them out there doesn’t mean they will happen, but just for the hell of it I will. It would be nice to see John Rhys-Davies return as Sallah, he and Indy have history, something which despite hinting at in KOTC, he and Mack (Ray Winstone) didn’t. It is probably very unlikely Mutt (see the recent tongue lashing Shia LeBeouf got from Ford here) will appear, so how about bringing back Jonathan Ke Quan as the adult Short Round, to aid in the kicking of asses? It would be great to see Indy on horse back with a gun again, more tricks with the whip, and of course a really cool McGuffin. But I’m happy to wait until the lights go down in the theatre and we see Indiana Jones return… For one last time?
Speaking in 2016 Ford said: “I’ve always thought there was an opportunity to do another. But I didn’t want to do it without Steven [Spielberg]. And I didn’t want to do it without a really good script. And happily we’re working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we’re going to be very happy with.”