Indiana Jones 5 is on the way, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as the archaeologist-adventurer. The movie was recently delayed by an entire year, and now Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has provided an update on how it’s coming along. She also confirmed a key detail about what kind of movie Indiana Jones 5 will be–don’t expect it to reset the franchise.
Speaking to the BBC at the BAFTAs, Kennedy said the creative team is working on the script currently, and once that’s done, filming can begin. She also confirmed that Indiana Jones 5–or whatever title Lucasfilm decides to give it–will be a “continuation” of the series instead of a reboot.
Some people had wondered and speculated that Indiana Jones 5 would reboot the series with a new character taking on the title role, but that seemingly will not be the case.
“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be, and then we’ll be ready to go. Harrison Ford will be involved,” Kennedy said. “It’s not a reboot–it’s a continuation.”
In September 2019, writer David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible) said the script for Indiana Jones 5 was coming together, but it was too soon to say if it’ll stick.
“We’re still trying. And I think we’ve got a good idea this time. We’ll see,” he said.
Steven Spielberg, who directed all the previous Indiana Jones movies, is coming back to direct, with Ford returning as well to play the the iconic archaeologist. Indy’s son Mutt, played by Shia LaBeouf in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will not return in the new movie.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might not have enjoyed the best reviews, but it grossed more than $786 million worldwide to stand as the most successful Indiana Jones movie ever. Altogether, the series has brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office across all four releases.
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