Harrison Ford will be picking up his bullwhip and trademark fedora one more time, with Disney announcing plans Tuesday for fifth “Indiana Jones” film.
Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four films in the series, is on board to helm the next installment, which is set for release on July 19, 2019 — just days after what will be Ford’s 77th birthday.
“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 Alan Horne, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “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” burst onto the silver screen in 1981 in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” then returned in 1984 in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and 1989 in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Ford and Spielberg reunited in 2008 to bring the character back to theaters in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which was met with mixed reviews and featured an aging Jones reunited with his “Raiders” love interest, Karen Allen, and introduced Shia LeBeouf as their son.
Disney officials said the four films have generated nearly $2 billion at the global box office.
—City News Service