Harrison Ford will return for a fifth installment of Indiana Jones, according to NewsWeek. The fifth film of the legendary franchise is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2019, as confirmed by Disney on Tuesday. This means that Harrison Ford will be 77-years-old by the time the movie hits theaters.
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This fact alone has already triggered a number of jokes on social media. The fifth installment in the franchise doesn’t have a title yet, which is why creative and humorous fans took it upon themselves to come up with one, with many using the #FakeIndy5Titles hashtag.
A Twitter user named Lee Travis proposed his idea for the title of the upcoming movie, “Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Self-Cleaning Dentures,” making fun of Harrison Ford, who made his first Indiana Jones appearance 38 years ago.
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Another Twitter user that questioned the choice of Walt Disney Studios to allow Harrison Ford to return for the new Indiana Jones movie tweeted his idea for the title, “Indiana Jones and the… wait, what was I looking for?”
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost… Wait, What Was I Looking For in The First Place? Oh Oh Well, It’s Already 5:45pm, Time For Bed
— Matt Essert (@mattessert) March 15, 2016
Fans still have over three years to come up with their hilarious titles for the film, but the fact remains clear: Harrison Ford will reprise the role of Indiana Jones, while Steven Spielberg is set to direct. Spielberg directed all four previous installments in the franchise, including the latest one released eight years ago, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
It will be the first Indiana Jones movie produced by Disney after the company purchased Lucasfilm in October, 2012. Shortly after the announcement, Disney chairman Alan Horn issued a statement, in which he praised the return of both Harrison Ford and Spielberg in the fifth as-yet untitled Indiana Jones film.
“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.”
Harrison Ford first appeared on screen as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, which was created by the film industry’s brightest minds: Spielberg and George Lucas. Three years later, the franchise saw the release of its second installment – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and then the third one in 1989, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
And it wasn’t until 2008 that the world saw a new installment of the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And although both Harrison Ford and Spielberg had their hopes high about launching a whole new film in the Indiana Jones franchise, the fourth movie turned out to be a failure in the eyes of the franchise’s fans.
And although Indiana Jones fans remain rather pessimistic about the fifth film, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney has proven its ability to bring back nostalgia projects in good quality and satisfy the fans who have been waiting for decades. And the fact that Harrison Ford was part of Disney’s recent success with Star Wars: The Force Awakens might mean that the 73-year-old actor is in the right hands.
As noted by CNN, the “rugged” actor – Harrison Ford – looks good for his age, though in “the era of graying action stars,” the age 77 is “rather senior.” This fact alone raises doubts in many movie critics about Ford’s ability to crack a whip.
As believed by many Indiana Jones fans on social media, the fifth installment of the franchise with Harrison Ford and Spielberg might be a yet another example of Hollywood recycling its old ideas in the hope to achieve the bygone success.
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