Indiana Jones will return with Harrison Ford in 2019: huzzah or please stop?

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When it comes to Harrison Ford, I am an unabashed fan. So when I tell you that Harrison is re-teaming with Steven Spielberg to make a fifth Indiana Jones movie, imagine a high-pitched squeal. Yes, I saw Crystal Skull and yes, it sucked so bad it left hickeys on my eyeballs but none of that matters because Harrison Ford. The fact that Harrison will wrangle Indy’s whip one more time comes on the heels of his triumphant return as Han Solo in The Force Awakens and the announcement that he will be reprising Rick Deckard in a Blade Runner sequel. The only original title Harrison has coming up on his IMDb page is Official Secrets with Natalie Dormer and Gillian Anderson.

Harrison Ford will dust off his fedora and crack out his bullwhip again at the age of 73 to reprise his role as Indiana Jones for a fifth time.

Defying age and possibly the public’s enthusiasm for another installment, Disney announced the actor would return to big screens on July 19, 2019 – more than 35-years after he first careened onto screens chased by a runaway boulder.

Also returning to the helm of the as-yet untitled movie is Steven Spielberg, 69, who directed all four previous films in the franchise, beginning with Raiders of the Lost Ark, back in 1981.

Indeed, should the film be released on schedule, Ford will be 77-years-old and Spielberg will be 72 at the premiere.

The last movie in the series was 2008′s poorly received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, which co-starred Shia LaBeouf as Indiana’s son and was released when Ford was 66.

The movie included a much derided scene in which Dr. Jones escaped a nuclear blast by hiding in a fridge.

That installment followed a near 20-year gap in the franchise after 1989′s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – which introduced Sean Connery as Indiana’s father, Henry Jones.

The actor’s return as the snake-fearing archaeologist comes shortly after reprising the other great role which cinema goers inextricably link him with – that of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Franchise producers 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,’ Disney chairman, Alan Horn, said in a statement released on Tuesday.

‘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.’

[From Daily Mail]

In the case of Han Solo and Rick Deckard I really think it was a matter of someone throwing gobs of cash at Harrison to reprise those roles. When it comes to Indy, however, I think it’s more. In 2008, he told Vanity Fair, “There’s something about the character that I guess is a good fit for me because the minute I put the costume on, I recognize the tone that we need, and I feel confident and clear about the character.” While promoting The Force Awakens this summer, Harrison reiterated his love for Indy. Spielberg expressed the same thoughts at the Britannia Awards last year. George Lucas wrote the stories (not the screenplays) for all four Indy films. Entertainment Weekly says it isn’t known if Lucas is involved but most outlets say he isn’t. No writer is attached yet but maybe Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the first Indy and The Force Awakens, will want to return.

Last year, there was talk of Chris Pratt taking over the role of Indiana. Producer Frank Marshall confirmed that they are,“not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones.” However they didn’t say anything about replacing Mutt, Indy and Marion’s son. Maybe Shia LaBeouf is being shoved aside so Pratt can take over as Indy’s heir. Whoever gets cast, whoever writes it, I will be there opening day 2019 with “LOVE YOU” written on my eyelids.

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  1. Abigail says:

    I love Ford, so I’ll look forward to this. But please not Pratt.

    • mom2two says:

      I second this. No to Chris Pratt.

      I think the hope with Indy 5 is to either end Harrison’s Indy well and spin off the character or character’s son/protege into new adventures. But it’s definitely a let’s forget Crystal Skull move.

    • V4Real says:

      I love Harrison but please stop is right. Hopefully they will kill him off in this one too.

      Sorry ladies but I’m all for Pratt as the new Indie.

    • Alex says:

      I love Pratt but no to being the new Indy and no to anymore of these movies.

    • vauvert says:

      Harrison has always been the only movie star I really, truly adore. Indy (and Han) were my favourite characters. I will be there with bells on, but I do sincerely hope they find another way out for Indy rather than killing him off the way they did with Han. I screamed in the theatre and I wasn’t the only one when that happened.

      I liked Pratt as Star Lord but I think he is too smarmy for Indy – and please dear God no Shia. Not because I hated him in the role, but there is no point in entrusting such a franchise to a lunatic.

      Anyway, I hope the new script does Indy justice. And before the pearl clutching starts – they were fun, adventure movies. Yes the fridge scene was cheesy but so was the mine cart and the flying spirits shooting out of the Ark. This was never high art. It was campy and fun, and he played the character to the hilt with a wink in his eye and a smirk on his lips. And that’s why we love him.

      • Isan says:

        Amen to everything you said!

      • TotallyBiased says:

        I ENJOYED THE HECK OUT OF CRYSTAL SKULL!
        There, I said it.
        And I wasn’t the only one. It did nearly 800 mil worldwide, so it certainly wasn’t a failure.

    • AJ says:

      I don’t understand why Pratts name keeps getting thrown into the Indy conversation, but it needs to STOP. Nobody cares about him. He is not even close to Ford’s star magnitude.

  2. Darkladi says:

    Dear Harrison,

    I love you, boo. Please stop.

    • Zen1016 says:

      Haha.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      Yep, it’s getting a bit ridiculous.

    • Birdy says:

      I agree. Disney is going to ruin this like they’ve ruined the pirates series . I love Ford to death but no more

      • islandwalker says:

        “Disney is going to ruin this like they’ve ruined the pirates series . ” There was no Pirates to ruin. It was an amusement park ride and never any good from movie one. Stupid concept with no discernible scripts to work from.

        Ford/Indie and Solo were always meant to be tongue in cheek and a wink and a nod. Lighthearted. Shia was terrible as the son. They need someone swarthy but cheeky.

  3. Elisabeth says:

    learn when to say when Mr Ford

  4. LadyMTL says:

    If it’s not a steaming pile the way that Crystal Skull was, I say yay. But right now the very idea of messing up another Indiana Jones outing makes me want to cry, lol. Fingers (and toes and eyes and fallopian tubes) crossed that this new movie is actually good!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Right. If the movie if good, then great.

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Hopefully the movie ends up being good, as of right now I’m just enjoying all the memes & all the commotion over at Twitter. It’s so good (keeps eating popcorn)

  5. SKF says:

    The real crime is making a sequel to Blade Runner. Just no. Blade runner had amazing source material in Philip K. Dick’s book; this one will not have that. Dick wrote insanely layered, interesting Sci-Fi books which made you question everything and which packed so much thematically into relatively short books. No follow up is going to be able to achieve that. He was an extraordinary writer and that is not easily replicated. Many of the best sci-fi movies are based on his books including Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. Even then they couldn’t pack everything in his books in. This movie should not be made.

  6. lilacflowers says:

    On this “Harrison returns to all his old characters tour” will there be a sequel to Working Girl to see how his character deals with Melanie’s character wasting all their money on bad plastic surgery? Or a return to Witness with more Viggo, please?

  7. Mia4s says:

    Yikes, I don’t know. Han worked because he really wasn’t called on for much action. He mostly just stood there snarky, heartfelt and awesome. Could Indy do that?

    I can’t imagine Shia will be back so I assume they give him a young protege and go the surrogate father/son relationship route. Or maybe a long lost daughter? Daisy Ridley call your agent! She could make a fortune as a Skywalker and a Jones. ;-)

    • Liz says:

      A female to take over would actually be a fresh and fun idea, so it probably won’t happen! If it did, I might actually be interested in seeing it. They really just need someone with that special kind of charisma that these old hero’s had! Now, we only get pretty bodies and faces with lacking personalities. The Indiana Jones character uses his head more than his muscle, that is the challenge. And I’m sick of the same actors getting franchise after franchise as well so NO Chris Pratt.

  8. SamiHami says:

    “it sucked so bad it left hickeys on my eyeballs”

    I’m totally stealing that.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    I will surely go see it, but I’m really hoping it’s a redemption for #4 and makes us forget how bad that was.
    Hard to believe he’s in his 70s and rebooting THREE action movies.

  10. Illyra says:

    It’s heretical to say this but I never did care for the Indiana Jones movies… Love Ford, though.

  11. Scal says:

    Stop. Please stop. Did they learn nothing from crystal skull?

    Harrison Ford is almost 74 years old. (His birthday is in July) He’s going to be 77 by the time this gets made. Who wants to see a nearly 80 year old Indiana jones running around? Just stop.

    • AJ says:

      Me. I want to see it. Lots of people do. Not all of us think people should disappear once they turn 50.

  12. Suzanne says:

    PLEASE STOP!!!

  13. ShinyGrenade says:

    Not sure about it.

    The Force Awaken made me sad. An old Han made me sad. Han was the perfect charismatic narky guy with a good heart.

    Same for Indy… The Skulls movie was awful. Old Indy is not the same. Let Indy be, and let’s forget about Skull, that movie don’t exist.

  14. Crumpet says:

    Give me as much Harrison as possible. I will never complain.

    • Dirty Martini says:

      +1000. He is one of my forever dongs. (Add in Pierce Brosnan and Sam Elliott…..oh la la….)

  15. meme says:

    oh brother…

  16. Incognito says:

    I love Harrison Ford. I also love the line “It sucked so bad it left hickeys on my eyeballs”!

    I will see a fifth Indy movie because I love the character, I love the tone of the films. I just read that there was always a plan for there to be five Indiana Jones movies, although I don’t think Lucas had a storyline for all of them, but just knew he wanted to do five. I get the sense in Skulls that Indy’s character is not as old as Ford actually was. With that in mind, maybe the next film could be set in a later year with Indiana’s age being Ford’s actual age at time of filming and with his son being older (and not Shia). His son follows in his footsteps and Indy is helping him, in the same way his dad helped him in The Last Crusade.

  17. K says:

    STOP COME UP WITH A NEW STORY!!!

  18. Bettyrose says:

    I cried so hard at Han’s death (that’s not a spoiler any more, right?). I don’t think I can endure Indy’s too.

    • Mia4s says:

      Wow I hope they don’t go that route! With Han’s death (brutal as it was) there was some meaning behind it. It was clear that he’d had some very good years with his family (Leia, Luke, Chewie of course, and yes, his son) and he died a loved and loving man.

      Indy really doesn’t have that pathos, I’d rather he just ride off into the sunset.

      • Bettyrose says:

        But he married the love of his life in the last film. That was the sunset on Indy’s story. I just want to believe they’ve happily ever aftered. Why does there need to be more? Why???

      • Mia4s says:

        Very true! I didn’t like Crystal Skull but loved the ending.

        I really don’t get it. Ford cannot possibly need the money. What is this??

      • holly hobby says:

        @mia4s – Another movie will be made to atone for the atrocity that is Crystal Skull. I bought the Indy blu ray set and I could never finish the 4th installment (sorry it’s dead to me).

    • serena says:

      Oh no. If they do that to, I swear I’m gonna go ballistic. I already cried all my tears with Han Solo’s death.

    • AJ says:

      Canonically, Indy lives to be at least 92 or 93 (he was born in 1899). This movie would only be set between 1967-1973.

  19. CornyBlue says:

    The hell does Harrison Ford need money for anymore? Go rest and fly planes or whatever badass things you do Grandpa

  20. Madpoe says:

    I’d be glad to see Harrison again as Indy…I was stunned with The Force Awakens move….please please don’t bring Shia into this again.

  21. Ruth Dunbar says:

    “Whoever gets cast, whoever writes it, I will be there opening day 2019 with “LOVE YOU” written on my eyelids.”

    Amen. Ford is my one true, for always and for ever, man crush. The more Ford, the better, especially this more fun-grumpy guy we’ve been seeing lately. One day he’s going to be dead and we won’t have the luxury of pointing out how old he is. Bring it on, Old Indy.

  22. Amy says:

    Yes! Ageism is not cool. This is awesome! I hope by the time we are all 77 everyone embraces us as fabulous as we are and we still have jobs and movie roles and opportunities if we want them.

  23. kri says:

    Harrison Ford is one of my Forevers. And as characters go, Indiana Jones IS my forever, along with Sherlock Holmes. Raiders of The Lost Ark made a little girl from the middle of nowhere want to learn all about Egypt, learn to read hieroglyphs and realize the world is a huge amazing place. Yes, “Crystal Skulls ” sucked eyeballs(thanks Hecate, what an imageLOL) but Harrison is and always will be the only Indy. If they are doing another one, I will see it.

  24. serena says:

    I love Pratt but NO, he’s not right to be Indy’s son. On the other hand, this might be an unpopular opinion, but I liked Shia as his son. I think he was perfect, right phisique and attitude. The problem was the whole story and the romance part.

  25. MaryJo says:

    Only if they pair him with a 60+ female co-star…

    • word says:

      Ha keep dreaming !

    • Kri says:

      Helen Mirren!

    • holly hobby says:

      Karen Allen – the original Marion. I always like that pairing over Mrs. Spielberg and the nameless Nazi blonde!

      • Caz says:

        I watched the Indy trilogy recently and viewing it as an adult was a quite different experience. Indy as a character transcends everything in his awesomeness and yes, the “love interests” except for Allen are very annoying. Short Round is still very very annoying.

  26. holly hobby says:

    I refuse to acknowledge the fourth movie. To me, Indiana Jones only had 3 installments. However, that being said, if they can put together a great story, I will definitely watch the latest one. Harrison Ford as Indy has a spot in my heart – always.

    No more Mutt, or Shia, please!

  27. Lemon Tea says:

    Chris Pratt, as likable he is, is a terrible actor and lacks presence so no, no. Shia seems to have trouble keeping his head on.

    These news stories are terrible with the way they go on and on about so and so being 80 and still do this or that. But I think HF takes these roles because he is feeling the need to do as much work as he can. I saw some pic of him on the beach. He’s totally in shape! Loved wacky Crystall Skulls (Spielberg is a huge UFO buff) and will love the next installment. The best so far is definitely Last Crusade with Sean Connery, who has retired, unfortunately.

  28. Caz says:

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Can’t Disney think up anything new?

  29. Bobafelty says:

    Only if he pulls a Hans solo falls down a pit permanently to make way for a new generation. I love Chris Pratt, but he’s already got a superhero franchise. I’d rather have someone new, but similar personality. No Shia Laboof.

  30. AJ says:

    HUZZAH! I have no reservations about this.

  31. ann carter says:

    Whoever gets cast, whoever writes it, I will be there opening day 2019 with “LOVE YOU” written on my eyelids. Bahahahahahahahahaha!!! +1x 100000000000000000000000000000000000
    Harrison Fordlove is a genetic condition in our family and multi generational with NO signs of stopping. HUZAZAH #indiana