Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for Indiana Jones 5, Disney announced Tuesday.
The fifth movie in the iconic franchise was rumored for several months and is now officially expected to be released in 2019. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
“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,” Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, said in a press release. “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.”
The epic adventure franchise stars Ford as archaeologist and explorer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones. The first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981, and was named one of AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Untitled Film Is Scheduled for Release on July 19, 2019
Disney says the film will be released on July 19, 2019.
There is no title for the film yet.
2. The Fourth Movie in the Franchise — ‘Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ — Was Released in 2008
The last movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008.
The film starred Ford as Jones, Shia LaBeouf as his sidekick and son, Mutt Williams, and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, Jones’ former lover. Cate Blanchett played Irina Spalko, the leader of a team of Soviet agents.
The movie received generally positive reviews and grossed $786 million worldwide.
3. Ford Is the Only Cast Member Announced So Far
Harrison Ford, 73, is the only cast member mentioned in the Disney press release.
It’s not yet known if any of the members of the Crystal Skull cast will return.
The fifth movie has been rumored for several months, with Steven Spielberg dropping hints that there would be one more film to feature Ford.
“I am hoping one day to make it to an Indiana Jones V. I would hope to make it before Harrison Ford is 80 and I get much older,” the 68-year-old Spielberg told AFP in November.
There was also speculation that Shia LaBeof, who was Ford’s sidekick in the fourth film, could take over a lead role.
4. There Was No Mention of Co-Creator George Lucas, Who Sold the Franchise to Disney, in the Release
It does not appear that the franchise’s co-creator, George Lucas, will be involved in the fifth film. There was no mention of him in the Disney press release.
Lucas sold the Indiana Jones franchise to Disney along with the Star Wars franchise and the rest of Lucasfilm for $4 billion.
In 2013, Disney and Paramount Pictures reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the Indiana Jones franchise, according to Variety.
5. The First Four Films Have Brought in $2 Billion at the Box Office
The four films in the franchise — Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), Last Crusade (1989) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) — have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office, Disney says.
The franchise grew beyond film, with a comic book series, merchandise, novels, video games and TV shows also bringing the famous Indiana Jones character to life.
AFI named the first film in the series the 66th best American movie of all time. Indiana Jones was named the second greatest hero by the film institute in another list.