Sunday, 31 July 2016

More Indiana Jones films planned after the fifth

We have known for some time that Walt Disney Pictures were planning more Indiana Jones films, and that a fifth is already in development with Steven Spielberg once again behind the camera and Harrison Ford back in the fedora. Now, though, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, talking on a number of topics with The Hollywood Reporter, reveals that the future still includes the potentially sacrilegious notion of a reboot.

Though Iger dismisses talk of a Star Wars style universe for the Indiana Jones movies, he does drop mention of future plans, which are obviously at a very early stage. "Right now, we're focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort. We'll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That's what I mean. It's not really a reboot, it's a boot – a reboot. I don't know." While that sort of statement can best be described as 'clear as mud', you had to figure the company would want to keep the film series going.

As for what form that future will take is unclear at this point. "I've had discussions about what the direction is, but I don't want to get into it," says Iger. "I see making more. It won't be just a one-off."

It certainly looks as though Ford will be hanging up the hat at some point, with someone else doing the adventuring. We would figure a different character – not someone playing Indy himself – but for now the original Indy will be back on our screens in 2019.

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