But Will the New Indiana Jones Movie be More Raiders or Crystal Skull?
After years of speculation, it’s finally official: there will be a fifth installment in the Indiana Jones movie series (wait, there was a fourth…?), and Harrison Ford will be back to don the fedora and pick up the whip once more in one of his most iconic roles as the legendary explorer. Also confirmed as coming back is Steven Spielberg as the director. Here’s to hoping legendary composer John Williams also returns.
The new Indiana Jones movie, as yet unnamed, marks the first time Spielberg and Ford have reunited for a movie since 1989’s smash hit Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade … what’s this “Crystal Skull” people keep talking about? Fans are contemplating whether this movie will be in the style of the original Indy adventures, or whether the producers will modernize it a bit. There’s also no word yet on whether other characters from the previous movies will be returning.
Ever since Disney acquired the rights to Indiana Jones after purchasing Lucasfilms, it has been rumored that they were looking for a younger actor to take over the role. The favorite rumored choice as the new Indy has been Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World). However, it appears they are opting for the Indy everybody knows and loves, as long as Ford wants to reprise his role. Producer Frank Marshall had this to say last October: “We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones.” Spielberg echoed Marshall’s comments only weeks later, saying, “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 Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that’s Harrison Ford.”
Disney is very excited for the upcoming movie, with Disney chairman Alan Horn saying “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. 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.”
Here’s to hoping the new Indiana Jones movie has the swashbuckling and roguish charm of Raiders, and not the silly awkwardness of surviving nuclear explosions in a fridge, nut shots, and CG gophers. OK, OK, yes, there was a fourth one. Sigh.