He may be 78 years old, but Harrison Ford is preparing to crack the whip again as Indiana Jones. The fifth installment of the classic adventure series is set to begin filming in the new year, reports Deadline. And, in a first for the franchise, Steven Spielberg won't be taking the helm.
Lucasfilm is in pre-production on the next installment of Indiana Jones. At the helm is James @Mang0ld, director of Ford v Ferrari, and Indy himself, Harrison Ford, will be back to continue his iconic character’s journey. Adventure arrives July 2022.— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020
The Indy series is, of course, Spielberg's baby, developed with George Lucas while on holiday in Hawaii back in the late-1970s. Smarting from the failure of his bombastic war satire 1941, Spielberg spoke of his desire to make a Bond movie. Instead, he worked with Lucas to construct an iconic hero of his own.
The resulting franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989), transformed star Harrison Ford into a modern-day matinee idol. The most recent film, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) is best forgotten – in fact, the pressure is on Mangold and the team to redeem the series after that blip.
And while talk of replacing Harrison Ford with a younger leading man, producer Frank Marshall was quick to shoot those rumors down when talked with Den of Geek.
"We are working on the script. There will only be one Indiana Jones, and that's Harrison Ford."
Whether or not Mangold will bring Harrison's iconic character to an end, as he did with Wolverine in Logan is to be seen, but it's definitely kept fans actively debating if this movie will wrap up the legendary explorer's tale.
Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled for release in July 2022. Excited? Let us know @Regal.