It’s been 14 years since the last Indiana Jones film saw the light of day, and for many fans still, this is something that should have never happened. While it was still a pretty good film, it was certainly not comparable in any way, shape or form with any of the original three. So then, how does a fifth – and likely final – Indiana Jones film sound? Well, it was pushed back quite a lot, first due to creative differences and second due to covid, but barring any more issues – after all, the shooting process is completed – it will be out next summer. And while some are already being quite negative about it, I am certainly not expecting a masterpiece, but remain hopeful that it will be able to deliver some quality moments. Now that we know a little bit more about it, although we are still lacking a trailer and such, I wanted to sort of sum up the key facts and jump on the hype train.
Still no name, but we have a release date
The film is still referred to as ‘Indiana Jones 5’ – we still have no definitive title, about 9 months before its planned release. Yes, about 9 months – because the release date has been planned as 30 June 2023. Good to note that this was pushed back several times – once when Steven Spielberg dropped out from the project and James Mangold took over (the director of Le Mans ’66), and once again when a certain pandemic hit the world for a while. Don’t quite remember what that was about – but I do hope there won’t be any more delays, especially with shooting being completed now.
Who will star alongside Harrison Ford?
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought back Indy’s love interest from the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marion Ravenwood, and also gave him a son (played by Shia LeBeouf), it seems that neither will be included in what will likely be the final Indy film. Instead, some new characters will be brought to the story, with actors such as Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas and Phoebe Waller – Bridge taking part. There have been constant rumors that John Rhys-Davies would reprise his role as Sallah, again from the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, but it remains to be seen whether that will actually happen. If so, it would be quite a nostalgic return, as Sallah is one of the most well loved characters by Indiana Jones fans. And on the topic of returns, John William’s music will accompany Indy on his adventures yet again.
But what will the story be about?
Crystal Skull took place in 1957, so in case the more than a decade long timeframe will be minded within the film’s context as well, Indy 5 will probably take place in the late 60s – with some claiming it might be set right after the successful Apollo 11 Moon landing. What’s even more interesting is that some photos taken on set, featuring Roman soldiers in full combat – suggesting either a flashback, or some kind of time travel angle, possibly related to some artefact. While the new Indiana Jones will be the first in the series to not feature a story written by George Lucas, James Mangold might elect to go even crazier with the otherworldly elements.
With speculation mounting that Indiana Jones 5 might be Harrison Ford’s final movie before retirement, not only the finale of a more than 4-year long franchise, there is significant pressure for the film to both deliver nostalgia-filled entertainment, and provide a satisfying ending to Indy’s saga. Ford will be 81 by the time Indiana Jones 5 hits the screens, and while he might continue doing some TV shows, ending his film career as Indiana Jones might make a lot of sense. Now, fingers crossed it will be a memorable end!