Following the markedly polarized critical reception to the last feature-length installment in the seminal action-adventure franchise, the announcement of Indiana Jones 5 is an event that comes with a fair amount of baggage and built-in viewer reservations. Currently slated to pick up where Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left off in 2008, returning director Steven Spielberg and lead actor Harrison Ford have a ways to go if they hope to deliver a true return to form with their forthcoming series installment.
Thus far, Ford has made his excitement known surrounding the production of Indiana Jones 5, while Spielberg has promised fans that the titular archaeologist will not be killed off in the new movie (thus paving the way for future installments starring Ford down the road). The new movie will also see the inclusion of returning legendary composer John Williams, and the latest word has it that another key figure in the franchise's history will also be involved.
According to Comic Book Resources, none other than franchise co-creator George Lucas will be back to serve as executive producer on Indiana Jones 5. Despite having had no say on Walt Disney Studios' other Lucas property feature that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it would appear as though Spielberg is loath to bar his old friend and collaborator from being included in the making of the next Indiana Jones film. In regards to Lucas' involvement, Spielberg stated:
"George is going to be an executive producer on it with me. Of course I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That would be insane."
Whether or not general audiences will agree with Spielberg's decision to include Lucas in the production of Indiana Jones 5 after the amount of backlash levied against him by a certain faction of franchise fans following the release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull remains to be seen. Lucas doesn't have the best track record as a feature film director in the 2000s, and his entrance into the production of another Indiana Jones feature could go either way.
Then again, Lucas did make the original three films in the action-adventure franchise with Spielberg, thus paving the way for an Indiana Jones 5 that might yet need his intuitive vision and familiarity with the character and outstanding thematic premise involved. Either way, Spielberg, Ford, Williams, and Lucas are sure to turn heads when the new movie finally sees theatrical release come July 2019.
Indiana Jones 5 will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 19, 2019.
Source: Comic Book Resources