Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford set to return for 'Indiana Jones 5' in 2019

I guess it was bound to happen someday. After Harrison Ford's massive success with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he returned to the role of Han Solo, the iconic actor is set to reprise another one of his famous roles- Indiana Jones. In the aftermath of 2008's poorly received Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Ford will pick up the whip for (presumably) one last time. Check out the Disney press release below for Indiana Jones 5.

"Spielberg and Ford reunite as Indiana Jones returns to theaters July 19, 2019"

"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.

"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," said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "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."

Famed archaeologist and explorer Indiana Jones was introduced in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark- one of AFI's 100 Greatest American Films of All Time- and later thrilled audiences in 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The four films have brought in nearly $2 billion at the global box office."

I still don't know how I should feel about this. Crystal Skull isn't as awful as some people like to think it is, but it definitely showed plenty of signs of weakness and I'm not sure that Ford can effectively handle the physicality of this role anymore. By the time Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters, the iconic actor will be 77 years old. Look, I saw him play Han Solo in TFA. He can do it. I'm just not sure if I want to see him do it. Unlike many, I've argued for a while that Indiana Jones should be recast and rebooted. Get Spielberg in the director's chair, have Williams do the music, whatever- just put a different actor in the lead role. Like Sean Connery is to the role of James Bond, Harrison Ford would always be the most famous and well-respected actor to play Indiana Jones. But at the same time, it would allow for the franchise to grow and expand in new directions, keeping the spirit of the series alive and young.

Indiana Jones was never about one actor or one group of people. Just like Star Wars and Bond, it has always been about immortality and timelessness. Indiana Jones is a timeless hero. He's smart, suave, clever and cunning, and he always beats the bad guy and gets the girl in the end. That appeal will never waver and it will never go away. The character shouldn't be beholden to one actor for years and years. Nobody can ever be as good as Ford- not in the role of Han Solo or Indiana Jones or probably even Jack Ryan. But it's time to move on. In my perfect world, this movie would never happen and Indiana Jones would be played by a younger actor in the inevitable Disney reboot.

But we don't live in my perfect world. We live in a world where Indiana Jones 5 is being made. What can ya do. I'm not overly excited, but Spielberg is one of the greatest directors ever, and if the script is good, there's potential. I'm not going to write it off yet, because there's so much good stuff riding on it. There are plenty of interesting directions that they can go with it, and if Spielberg has a great idea, I have faith in his ability to pull it off. But if nothing else happens, I just hope that they finally give Ford the proper send-off he truly deserves.

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