Did you dislike Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Were you hoping the whole thing was just a bad fever dream brought on by too much Shia LaBeouf internet videos? Well, unfortunately I’ve got some bad news for you: Not only was Kingdom of the Crystal Skull real, it was actually fairly successful commercially and even received quite well critically despite what you may think. So of course it made sense that titular franchise star Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg would officially be returning for a fifth sequel.
And it will very much be a sequel to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, despite the fact that some fans were not in favour of some of the directions taken in that fourth Indy flick. In an Q&A session at CinemaCon (via Variety) where he was named Producer of the Decade, franchise producer Frank Marshall revealed that the “next Jones installment will not be a prequel but a continuation of the story from where it left off with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008″.
I’m really hoping that means the return of Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, who we last saw getting married to Indy. Unfortunately though, that would also probably mean that Shia LaBeouf might be back as Mutt, Indy’s estranged greaser son by Marion. But honestly, I have zero problem with “The Beef” reprising his role in another installment. Just don’t even think of trying to sell me on him being the next Indiana Jones though, or you can just shove right off. There’s only one Indiana Jones, and his name is
Han Solo Harrison Ford!
And Marshall, who also produces the Matt Damon led Bourne series, most definitely shares this sentiment, saying that Indiana Jones will never pull a 007 and have a string of rotating actors picking up the whip and fedora.
“It’s all about the story. I think both in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series and on ‘Indiana Jones,’ we are not going to do the [James Bond] thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.”
The still untitled Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled for release on July 19, 2019.
Last Updated: April 13, 2016