Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm (which is now a few years ago believe it or not) was primarily about Star Wars and all the momentum so far has been on that franchise with one new film almost here, and several others on the way. However Star Wars wasn’t the only block buster franchise included in that deal of course with the Indiana Jones series also moving across.
It’s now been 7 years since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released, and while critically it wasn’t all well received, it was still a box office hit with a $786 million worldwide haul. So, what’s happening with the franchise under its new owner?
Not much has been mentioned with the spotlight almost exclusively on Star Wars, but the question has still been on people’s minds and Vanity Fair put it to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Her response confirmed that yes a fifth Indiana Jones film will happen, but at the moment there’s no script.
Speaking on the subject her exact answer was;
will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.
Not really a lot to get excited about just yet, this could take a long time and while it’s likely Harrison would be willing to return to the role, whether that’s the way Lucasfilm decides to go remains to be seen. Rumours of a reboot of sorts have cropped up from time to time, but with nothing substantiated to date. Given how ridiculously critical Harrison Ford’s performance was to the original Indiana trilogy, the concept of a reboot with a new actor (while entirely possible in this day and age), feels like it misses the point of the franchise to begin with.
However with that said, Harrison isn’t a young (or even middle aged) man anymore, and no doubt Disney and Lucasfilm will want to be looking at a multiple film future for that franchise as well.
In short, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.