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“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.”

This is genuinely shocking. It was inevitable that after purchasing Lucasfilm that Disney would make use of the Indiana Jones IP alongside Star Wars. However, most of the facts were pointing to a brand new actor taking up the whip in place of Harrison Ford in a future sequel. Oh how we were wrong.

Today Disney announced that both Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg will return for a fifth entry in the beloved franchise, with a release date set for July 19th, 2019. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will be producing Indiana Jones 5, however there is no mention of George Lucas. It would appear that he won’t be returning to the franchise alongside the other Indiana Jones alumni, however this is merely speculation on my part and is in no way confirmed.

I’m really excited about this. I (alongside most people) thought that the next Indiana Jones film would feature a new Indy, as Harrison Ford continues to grow older. However, I’m glad that Ford will get one last hurrah with the character, and have the chance to go out on a high note instead of the critically divisive Indians Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Personally I liked Crystal Skull well enough, but I understand others issues with it. I’m just excited to see one more classical Indiana Jones story, and a return to form for the franchise.

Check out the full press release below:

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.

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