Disney Officially Announces New Indiana Jones Movie for 2019 with Spielberg and Harrison Ford
That’s right Disney has greenlit a new Indiana Jones movie with Steven Spielberg directing once more together with Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford.
Disney has given the untitled Jones movie a release date of July 19, 2019. Disney’s chairman Alan Horn states:
“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 Disney chairman Alan Horn. “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.”
Indiana Jones 5 will be produced by Lucasfilms president Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Kennedy, whose recent body of work includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had a long history with the Indiana Jones franchise. She worked as an associate to Spielberg in Raiders of the Lost Ark while her husband Frank Marshall was the producer for the subsequent movies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the critically panned Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Speaking of Star Wars, we have to thank the George Lucas space opera for this fifth movie because of the success it garnered last year plus the massive positive attention Jurassic World got.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the last film, opened in 2008 and starred Ford opposite Shia LaBeouf, whom the producers look to pass the baton, but the mission failed.
So while Harrison Ford will be in this movie the husband and wife team have also begun looking for younger stars who will be joining Ford’s Henry Jones Jr. on a new adventure. I am hoping though that they don’t make the same mistake they did in ‘Crystal Skull’ which forced us to like Jones’ greaser son Shia Leabouf. Last year Kenned was quoted saying this:
“We’re all trying to figure out when the right time is to step back in. Harrison really wants to do it; Steven really wants to do it. We’ve kicked around a couple of story ideas, but beyond that, I don’t know yet. I think there will be one, we’ll certainly move forward with Indy. But right now, everybody’s just focused on Star Wars,”
Disney and Paramount reached an agreement in 2013 giving Disney control over all future films. Paramount retains rights to the first four films and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.