It has been confirmed that Harrison Ford will return to his classic role of Indiana Jones for a currently untitled fifth film, according to Disney.
The instalment is set to be released on 19th July 2019, which would make Ford 77 years old, upon the time of release. Impressive he can still take on what will be a physically demanding role as the adventurous archaeologist.
It has also been stated by Disney that the franchise veterans that are director Steven Spielberg, as will producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will return, according to their official statement:
“Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series.”
“Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role.”
“Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.”
It should be noted, no mention has been made on if George Lucas will return.
While the current chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, has also publicly added to the official release announcement, that:
“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.”
This will of course mark Ford’s second most recent outing in returning to one of his classic character roles, as he has recently returned to play his famous role of Han Solo for the recent seventh instalment of the American epic space opera film series of Star Wars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens).
Of course we must hope that this fifth instalment to the classic Indiana Jones film series is not a repeat of the disaster that was pervious fourth instalment in 2008, the horrible Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Although it boasted a nice cast, including Cate Blanchett as Soviet officer Irina Spalko, and the likes of Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent among the supporting cast.
The film suffered from the awful ‘acting’ of Shia LaBeouf as Mutt Williams, Indiana’s rebellious son with his former lover Marion Ravenwood, played by Karen Allen. While also drowning itself in a flimsy plot in regards to the search for a telepathic crystal skull belonging to a bunch of aliens akin to the ancient astronaut hypothesis (which Indy terms as effectively “archeologists”)…wait, am sorry, not aliens but ‘inter-dimensional beings’ who just happened to fly cliché UFOs styled as a flying saucer which travels through a portal to their dimension into the “space between spaces”.
I’m sorry, they were aliens, try as hard as Lucas and Spielberg want, the use of the ‘inter-dimensional beings’ terminology was a half-arsed alien plot. While it could taken as a homage and tribute to the science fiction B-movies of the era, it instead just comes of as lazy writing.
Of course, the film also gave birth to the “nuking the fridge” scene, wherein Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator, which was to many fans the ‘jumping the shark’ moment. Spielberg took responsibility for this self admitted “silly idea” that he was “proud of”. Takes all sorts. Lucas would later claim he had assembled a dossier of research data that stated Indy’s odds of surviving in the refrigerator were about “50-50.”
It obviously made money from its name alone and for some reason some critics liked it, but it was nonetheless terrible. A stain of the Indiana Jones legacy, a few slight and minor good scenes was not enough to merit its existence, especially after a 19 year long wait.
So heres hoping it doesn’t fall back into the mistake of the fourth film and instead offers the old fans and new viewers something more akin to the fun and cleverly written adventure stories filled with historical and mythical legends of the original three films.
It doesn’t have to be the Abrahamic faiths (Lost Ark and Holy Grail), it can draw upon the vast cultures of the world just as the Temple of Doom did with India and Hinduism…although hopefully perhaps with a less controversial portrayal.
Just at least bring back the films’ intensity and imagination.
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