After reprising Han Solo for last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford is going to return to his other famous Lucasfilm role - Indiana Jones - in the near future. Walt Disney Pictures recently announced that the untitled Indiana Jones 5 would hit theaters in July 2019, with Steven Spielberg once again at the helm. The director's longtime collaborator David Koepp (who wrote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) is penning the script.
One of the biggest takeaways from the Star Wars 7 press tour was that Ford, who famously had a love-hate relationship with the franchise, seemed just as thrilled to return to the galaxy far, far away as the fans were. In interviews, he appeared looser and happier, a contrast from the curmudgeon people had become accustomed to seeing. It seems as if the rejuvenated Ford is here to stay, since he can't wait to get to work on Indy 5 and play the famous archeologist once more.
The actor was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the Blu-ray release of The Force Awakens, and the topic of Indiana Jones 5 was discussed. After joking that the "idea" that sold him was his contract, Ford went on to say that getting the chance to reunite with Spielberg was the biggest factor in encouraging him to sign on:
“The opportunity to work with Steven again, and the chance to revisit this character which has brought pleasure to so many people — not to mention me. It’s great fun to play this character, it’s great fun to work with Steven. I’m looking forward to it."
It's nice to see Ford mention portraying Indiana Jones is something that brings him enjoyment in addition to moviegoers across the globe. His comments indicate that his heart will be in the right place during production and he'll give it his all, much like he did with Episode VII. Some fans are leary of another installment after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull disappointed many, but as long as Ford is committed and raring to go, it's a positive development. It's always a treat to watch Ford have fun on the big screen, so hopefully Indiana Jones 5 can serve as a rousing return-to-form for the adventure series and be as entertaining for viewers as it is for the ones making it.
This particular project is one that Ford has had his sights on for some time, saying back in 2013 that he would play Dr. Jones again in a "New York minute." It's clearly a part of his career that he's very fond of and he has an understanding of the character's legacy on cinema. One has to think that he and Spielberg would not return unless they had a strong concept for the story. Spielberg admitted after the fourth film that it was a bump in the road, so perhaps the duo sees this as an opportunity to amend a previous mistake and send the action hero off on a high note. If Lucasfilm's handling of the Star Wars revival is any precedent, they're not doing Indy 5 "just because." It's something with the potential to be substantial and meaningful.
While nothing is confirmed at this point, it also looks like this will be the final time (for real, now) Ford dons the fedora. It's been made clear that the role will never be recast, and Ford will have just turned 77 by the time the fifth movie reaches theaters. As great as he is, there's a limit to what he can do at that age, so multiple sequels are most likely not part of the plan. Time will tell, but the pressure is on Spielberg and company to make this one count - since they probably won't get another shot at it again.
Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters July 19, 2019.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!