Coming Soon is reporting that Indiana Jones 5 is officially on Disney/Lucasfilm’s movie slate for a July 19, 2019 release date. Steven Spielberg is back to direct with Harrison Ford on board to star and Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall set to produce the film. Since Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012 it was only a matter of time before a new Indiana Jones adventure found its way to the big screen, but it was unknown whether that would be a continuation of the story with Ford returning to the iconic role or a soft reboot with a new actor wearing the fedora, similar to the James Bond franchise. Check out the official announcement below.
“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.”
So that you know where I’m coming from I have to make two statements known right off the bat. Firstly, Raider of the Lost Ark is my favorite movie of all time and Indiana Jones is my favorite movie character/franchise. Secondly, I hated Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because, despite the actors still embodying the roles well, there were many things that didn’t feel like Indy. It wasn’t completely because of the inclusion of aliens (which is silly) because the franchise has always included religious and supernatural elements. What bothered me more was that instead of Indy using his wits to figure out how to outsmart his opponent or overcome an obstacle, it felt like every problem he encountered was solved by holding up the alien skull to the issue at hand. Add to that regressing from “pulp” action to cartoony (sword fights straddling cars and literally swinging from vines with monkeys) and CGI heavy action sequences took away a lot of the charm of the series.
Why do i still feel optimistic about the fifth installment? Rumor indicate that the alien storyline and the long delay between Last Crusade and Crystal Skull were due to Lucas’ meddling. I have faith in Spielberg to tell an engaging Indiana Jones story (just look at what he did with Tintin) and Indy has always been the character that Harrison Ford was most passionate about. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get more quality Indy flicks when Ford was younger, but I still hold out hope that we can get a strong entry even with an older Jones.
One other small thing to note in the announcement is that the release date is only one week after the schedule release of Disney/Marvel’s Inhumans movie. My guess is that scheduling Indiana Jones 5 for June 19, 2019 means that Inhumans will be moving to a later date.
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