Indiana Jones is ready to crack the whip again. Today, Disney announced a fifth installment of the action-adventure series, to star the now-73-year-old Harrison Ford. It will be directed by the now-69-year-old Steven Spielberg in an as-yet-untitled film to be released in 2019.
Indiana Jones, no matter how old, never seems to lose his appeal, according to Disney chairman Alan Horn in a story by the Hollywood Reporter.
“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. 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.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 15, 2016
A couple of other Indiana Jones veterans have thrown their hats into the new project as well, including producer Kathleen Kennedy, 62, who is now president of Lucasfilms, and her husband, producer Frank Marshall, 69.
Despite rumors of Bradley Cooper or Chris Pratt taking the whip, Frank Marshall insisted that there is only one Indiana Jones, and that’s Ford.
“We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones…. We have to figure this out.”
Tweeters have seized upon this project in what is fast becoming classic Twitter style. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they were coming up with potential titles within mere seconds of Disney’s announcement about a new addition to the iconic action/adventure franchise.
Here are a few of the latest in the onslaught, but surely not the last.
Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Bingo Hall #NewIndianaJonesMovieTitles
— YourPalVic (@YourPalVic) March 15, 2016
Indiana Jones And The Museum Everything Belongs In #NewIndianaJonesMovieTitles
— Anthony (@AJBulldis) March 15, 2016
The first scene of the next Indiana Jones will be him finding a bejeweled replacement hip in a cave.
— The Shogun of Sorrow (@DGoddamnGlover) March 15, 2016
Raiders Of The Lost Remote#NewIndianaJonesMovieTitles
— Dissident Biker (@DissidentBiker) March 15, 2016
Indiana Jones and the…
1. Too Hot Living Room
2. Search for the Lost Remote
3. Affordable Medicaid
4. Kids on My Lawn
5. Where Now?
— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) March 15, 2016
#NewIndianaJonesMovieTitles Indiana Jones & the quest for the Werther’s Originals
— Robert Adam (@Robadam69) March 15, 2016
Indiana Jones And The Liver Spot
— The Wolf of NASCAR (@CitizenKBA) March 15, 2016
In 2013, when he was a mere 71-years-old, Harrison Ford told reporter John Hiscock of the Telegraph that it would be perfectly appropriate for him to play Indiana Jones again, as long as he didn’t have to “kick as much a**.”
“To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”
The newest film will come 11 years after the most recent Indiana Jones film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was released in 2008. This followed the 1989 installment Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Five years prior to that was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, and the original, Raiders of the Lost Ark, first hit the big screen in 1981.
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