As we know, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are currently at work on a fifth “Indiana Jones” film for Lucasfilm and Disney. The plan is for 73-year-old Ford to reprise his iconic role in the project which Spielberg directs from a script by David Koepp, and will serve as just a straight up new sequel – not a reboot, prequel or spin-off.
Spielberg himself recently said: “I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans. The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.” Yet what happen after? Speaking with THR today, Disney chairman Bob Iger was asked if Disney will exploit the Indy franchise in the same way they’ve done with the “Star Wars” franchise – namely straight sequels alongside prequels/spin-offs. Iger says:
“Not like Star Wars, but we hope… right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot – a reboot. I don’t know. We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it. I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.”
It would certainly indicate the studio has plans that go beyond the next film which Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce and which John Williams is expected to once again provide the music for. It is currently targeting a July 19th 2019 release.