Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film
|Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film|
|Directed by||James Mangold|
|Music by||John Williams|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
A fifth Indiana Jones film is in development. It is expected to star Harrison Ford reprising his role as Indiana Jones. The film is the direct sequel to 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Principal photography was expected to begin in 2020 with the film scheduled to be released on July 9, 2021 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures with Lucasfilm producing. However, it was later delayed to July 29, 2022 due the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the film industry.
- Harrison Ford as Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr.: An American archaeologist and adventurer, who is married to Marion Ravenwood.
The introduction of Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull led to speculation that LaBeouf will take over the franchise from Ford. In an interview with IGN, "Spielberg indicated that LaBeouf has to make multiple Transformers movies before he can move over and take on the fedora and bullwhip of Indiana Jones." The actor himself said, "Am I into it? Who wouldn't be? I don't think that's reality. It's a fun rumor." Ford said he would return for a fifth film if it does not take another twenty years to develop, while Spielberg responded it would happen "only if you [the audience] want more". In an interview with Time, when asked about passing the fedora to LaBeouf in the next film, Ford said, "What are you talking about? It's mine. I would love to do another Indiana Jones movie. George Lucas is working on an idea now. Shia can get his own hat. I earned that hat."
At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Lucas made a further suggestion that there would be a fifth film, revealing an idea "to make Shia LaBeouf the lead character next time and have Harrison Ford come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie." At the time Last Crusade was filmed, Connery was still only 58. Lucas also said that age need not be a factor, as Ford was "65 and did everything in this movie. The old chemistry is there, and it's not like he's an old man. He's incredibly agile; he looks even better than he did 20 years ago, if you ask me." In August 2008, Lucas was researching potential plot devices, and stated Spielberg was open to the idea of the fifth film. He also changed his mind about continuing the series with a spin-off, joking "Indiana Jones is Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones. If it was Mutt Williams it would be Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis or something." Two months later, Ford stated that he would not return if the fifth film was an animated film like The Clone Wars, because "I'd hate to see it reduced in any way from the movies that we have done and the way we have done them." He also called Lucas' concept for the fifth film "crazy but great".
When asked how being married to Marion Ravenwood and having a son would affect the character in a fifth film, Ford only replied: "He's seen something. Remember those are the only witnesses to what he's seen. That's kind of interesting." In January 2010, Ford said, "I think it would be interesting to advance the understanding of the character, as we always have had that ambition throughout the series. I think it would be interesting to deepen the relationship between he and his son and play on that relationship... It's full of opportunity. The series is full of opportunity."
The possibility of Indiana Jones 5 continued to be discussed through 2009 and 2010. Reports speculated in June 2009 that the next installment would start filming in 2011 with a plot involving the Bermuda Triangle, although these rumors were later described as "completely false" by Frank Marshall on his Twitter page. Speaking to BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba in June 2009, LaBeouf confirmed that "Steven [Spielberg] just said that he cracked the story on it [the fifth film], I think they're gearing that up." Lucas stated he was working on the film as of December 2009. In November 2010, Ford said that he and Spielberg were waiting for Lucas to present an idea to them. In March 2011, the Deadbolt website interviewed Karen Allen and asked her about the fifth film's status. "What I know is that there's a story that they like", said Allen, "which is a huge step forward. I heard this about six months ago, that they have a story that they like and they’re working on it." In July 2012, Frank Marshall indicated that the film was unlikely to be announced in the near future, saying: "I don't know if it's definitely not happening, but it's not up and running... It's not on until there is a writer on the project. There is no writer on Indy."
In October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, thereby granting Disney ownership rights to the Indiana Jones intellectual property. However, Paramount Pictures continued to own distribution rights for the film series. On December 6, 2013, Disney purchased the remaining distribution and marketing rights to future Indiana Jones films, while Paramount will continue to distribute the first four films for Disney, and will receive "financial participation" from any additional films. Although a new film installment was not announced with the deal, Disney CEO Bob Iger has expressed an interest in monetizing the franchise across Disney's various company divisions. Studio chairman Alan Horn has said that a fifth Indiana Jones film would not be ready for at least two to three years.
On March 25, 2014, Latino Review reported that Disney is looking to reboot the franchise and are looking at replacing Ford with a new actor as Indiana Jones with a couple of actors including Bradley Cooper topping their wish list. That same day, Slash Film posted an update claiming that their sources have informed them that the reboot rumors started by Latino Review were false and a reboot was not being planned and the stories of Cooper or any other actor replacing Ford were also untrue. Slash Film reported that despite the reboot rumors currently being untrue, it does not mean that the franchise will not someday get rebooted with a younger actor but right now nothing is being discussed or planned. On May 7, 2014, it was reported that a fifth Indiana Jones film might not be happening anytime soon due to Ford's commitments towards Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other Star Wars-related projects. With Disney acquiring the rights to both the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises, their main focus appears to be on Star Wars, with a total of six films expected within the next ten years, which likely pushes any potential Indiana Jones film back to at least 2020 or 2021.
On October 1, 2014, cinematographer Janusz Kamiński let slip that his next project is the upcoming Indiana Jones film. On December 12, 2014, Bob Iger told Variety reporter Marc Graser that "We'd love to make another Indiana Jones movie but we're pacing ourselves right now", referring to the latest Star Wars installments Disney is working on.
In a May 2015 interview with Vanity Fair, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed plans for a fifth film, stating another film "will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I'm not quite sure. We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it."
In October 2015, Spielberg told Yahoo! Movies Ford will likely reprise his role in the fifth Indiana Jones film. In December 2015, Bob Iger told Bloomberg that the fifth film and more films are on the way.
On March 15, 2016, Disney announced that the fifth film will be released on July 19, 2019, with Ford reprising his role. Spielberg will direct the film, with Kennedy and Marshall as producers. Lucas is not involved with the film. At 2016 CinemaCon, it was revealed that the fifth film would be a "continuation" story of Crystal Skull. On June 16, 2016, Spielberg told The Hollywood Reporter that he was "super excited" about the fifth film and he would not be "killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it." David Koepp was writing the screenplay for the film, which was expected to begin production in October 2017. In September 2017, Koepp revealed that the screenplay had been completed on which he and Spielberg were satisfied and that it might be Spielberg's next film after The Post, and he also confirmed that LaBeouf's character, Mutt Williams, wouldn't appear in the film.
On February 26, 2020, it was reported that Spielberg choose to no longer direct the film, as he wanted to "pass along Indy’s whip to a new generation to bring their perspective to the story". James Mangold is in talks to take over as director. Spielberg will remain involved in the film as producer, while Ford is still set to star in the film.
In June 2018, it was reported that filming on the project had been pushed back several months from the initial April 2019 start date due to “key members of the creative team hav[ing] yet to sign off on a finished script.” As a result, the film will miss its June 2020 release date. In June 2018, Jonathan Kasdan was brought on to polish the screenplay, which effected its April 2019 production start and July 2020 release schedule, and the crew was informed about the filming start delay. In May 2019, it was reported that Kasdan had written his script from scratch, but that his work was now being replaced by Dan Fogelman, whose screenplay used "an entirely different premise". Two months later, Ford mentioned that the film "should be starting to shoot sometime next year". Later reports narrowed the beginning of filming down to April 2020, suggesting principal photography to take place at the Iver-based Pinewood Studios. Speaking in September 2019, Koepp said that he was working on Indiana Jones 5 again, that they were "still trying" and that they had "got a good idea this time". In February 2020, Ford hinted that his involvement in the picture would begin as early as April.
Ford later announced that principle photography is scheduled to begin in 2020. He later said that it will begin in April 2020. However, it has since been believed that filming has been delayed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in June 2020, Koepp revealed that he will no longer be writing the film, stating that when Mangold came in to direct, he wanted him to have his own screenwriter.
In June 2016, Spielberg confirmed that John Williams would return to compose the music for the film.
The fifth Indiana Jones film is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2022 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was initially set for July 19, 2019, but was delayed to July 10, 2020, and then July 9, 2021. The film was further delayed to July 29, 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the film industry.
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