Indiana Jones 5 Is Officially Coming
Depending on how you felt about 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you’ve either been impatiently waiting on news about a sequel for years, or you’ve been pretending the 2008 film never happened. If you fall into the latter camp, then as far as you’re concerned, the Indiana Jones story is still a trilogy and ended with The Last Crusade in 1989. We have some bad news for you I that’s the case. Ignoring the ongoing existence of the Indiana Jones franchise is about to get a lot harder, because the fifth Indy film is officially on its way. We know this because we’ve heard it directly from Harrison Ford himself.
In the past, there was an unwritten rule about action films which said that once an actor reached a certain age, they stopped making them. That’s no longer the case. Sylvester Stallone refuses to retire, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still attempting to play a passable Terminator, and Harrison Ford has never been more in demand. Still reasonably fresh from his return to the role of Han Solo in ‘Star Wars’ after more than thirty years, the 77-year-old screen legend is ready to put on the fedora and go looking for stolen treasure again. Presumably, he’ll have someone else on hand to do all the running for him – and it won’t be Shia LaBeouf, who won’t be reprising his role as Indy’s son. That’s not to say that his part won’t be recast – we simply don’t have the details yet.
Ford’s career renaissance has been quite the thing to behold in recent years. You could argue that it started with the fourth Indiana Jones movie in 2008, which set him up for his 2015 Star Wars return. From there, he continued to surprise people, returning to the part of Dekkard in the hugely-divisive Blade Runner: 2049 in 2017, and now he’s back for another go at arguably his most famous role. Perhaps this is the one he’s looking to retire on, or perhaps he has a few more up his sleeve. Whatever Ford’s motivations for agreeing to come back a fifth time, we feel that the iconic performer deserves a slightly politer reception than the one he got from Esquire, who rather charmingly described it as an American tragedy.
Money won’t be the motivation for Ford – unless he’s spent it very unwisely, he has more than enough already – but it might have motivated others to revive the aging franchise yet again, twelve years after it appeared to be gone for good. Even after all this time, the Indiana Jones name still attracts big money. There’s an official Indiana Jones game doing the round on online slots websites, where it attracts plenty of money from players who are too young to remember the original films.
There are even UK Online Slots that are clearly based on the Indiana Jones films, such as ‘John Hunter and the Aztec Treasure.’ If the public’s familiarity with a film franchise is enough to tempt players into parting with their money on online slots websites, it’s also more than enough to tempt producers and directors into giving that same public another movie to spend their money on.
At this relatively early stage, there’s very little to report on in terms of possible plot and story. Filming is scheduled to begin later in 2020, and a 2021 release isn’t out of the question – although, given the long post-production time of modern blockbuster movies, 2022 is perhaps more likely. We have been promised an insight into the personal history of the central character, though, including information that we’ve never been presented with before. In what might be telling comments, Ford has told Ellen DeGeneres that the film will see Indy in a new relationship, but will also help us to resolve part of his history.
That could mean anything. We know that Indy’s father had sadly passed away by the time of the fourth film, but there’s still plenty about his childhood and upbringing that we don’t know – and before anybody asks, no, we don’t consider the events of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles to be canon. Even with George Lucas involved and Harrison Ford making one brief appearance of his own, we think the world of that show is best left alone!
It’s hard to know what to hope for from this film. We’re all wise enough to realize that a 77-year-old man isn’t going to be diving through doorways, swinging from bridges, or fighting off too many bad guys. We don’t expect the swashbuckling, all-action style of the 1980s films. At the same time, we don’t expect this to be a quiet, contemplative meditation on the nature of growing older, either. We expect that Indy will be given an item to look for, a problem to solve, and some bad guys to fight off on the way to saving the day.
As this will almost certainly be the very last Indy movie to be made, it would be nice if it ended happily, too. Given Harrison Ford’s apparent love for filming death scenes, though, we won’t hold our breath on that front. It would somehow feel wrong for Indiana Jones to pass away peacefully in his sleep in a retirement home. It’s probably better for the character to go out doing what he loves to do – even if he reduces us all to horrible shivering tears in the process.
This won’t be Temple of Doom. It won’t be Raiders of the Lost Ark. Thankfully it also won’t be Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (we’re still very unhappy about the use of aliens in that film, and we’re yet to get a good explanation as to how and why Indy managed to survive being so close to a nuclear explosion). It will be exactly what it needs to be – a brand new take on the Indiana Jones tale, and one that takes into account the fact that our hero is now in his twilight years. We’ll go into it with an open mind and hope to be entertained by it – and we hope that everyone else affords it the same courtesy.