Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilms in 2012, hitting the ground running with a new Star Wars trilogy, everyone seemingly forgot that they also acquired another huge franchise Indiana Jones. With four movies and more than a couple of Disney theme park rides based on it, it safe to say that Indiana Jones has its rabid fan base as well.
There have been rumbling of many actors being attached to star in the next installed most notably Chris Pratt (although his name now seems to be popping around everywhere) there hasn’t been any confirmation regarding anything Indiana Jones, with few exceptions.
Steven Spielberg has been documented saying that he’ll probably do an Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford attached, but this was not a confirmation. Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that Disney did acquire the rights to Indiana Jones (as well as others; Willow, Radioland Murders) and that in fact a fifth installment will be made.
Well Total Film (Issue 239) recently had the chance to speak with Frank Marshall (president of Lucasfilms, husband of Kathleen Kennedy) and had this to say about the future of the Indiana Jones next instalments:
There are a lot of rumors. We haven’t even sat down to talk about Indy yet… at some point we’ll sit down. But there’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton. [But we are] not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones… we have to figure this out.
At this point Harrison Ford is 73, and the soonest I see an Indiana Jones 5 being released is 2020 making Harrison Ford 78. It will be hard to believe seeing an 80 year old Harrison Ford jumping, running, and gunning.
In Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls we were introduced to Mutt (Shaia LaBeouf) the son of Indiana Jones, who at time we thought would take over the reins of Harrison Ford and continue the franchise. I had always thought that Disney may recast that character for future installments, especially since The Force Awakens has concentrated on bringing a new young cast.
At this point I have not idea what Disney will do with Indiana Jones, but so far I had great faith in Kathleen Kennedy and I will continue to do so.