Walt Disney Pictures has pushed the fifth, untitled film in the Indiana Jones franchise to the year 2020.
Originally slated for release on July 19, 2019, Indiana Jones 5 will now open on July 10, 2020. Steven Spielberg is set to return to direct leading man Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford, who is currently 74, will turn 78 on July 13, 2020.
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall return to produce. The Indiana Jones movies have grossed roughly $2 billion at the global box office.
Disney film studio head Alan Horn said the character “is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen. 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.”
Steven Spielberg also spoke of the importance of having Harrison Ford in the role — as opposed to recasting the adventurer like many superheroes have been replaced in comic book adaptations.
“It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spiderman or Batman,” Spielberg said. “There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that’s Harrison Ford.”
Hopefully the fifth Indian Jones film will be better than the fourth, Indian Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which was universally panned and a box office bomb when it comes to Indian Jones movies.
If you’re wondering why Walt Disney Pictures is releasing Indiana Jones 5 in 2020, since Paramount released the first four, well, while all of the Indiana Jones movies were directed by Steven Spielberg, they were created and owned by George Lucas, who sold Lucas Films to Disney in 2012 for over $4 billion.
Filming begins on the film in April 2019.