Yes, we’re just two weeks away from April Fool’s Day but this is not a joke. Harrison Ford will once again reprise his role as Indiana Jones for a fifth film of the action adventure franchise. Disney has officially announced there will be a fifth Indiana Jones film and Ford and Steven Spielberg are reuniting to bring it to life on the screen. Spielberg will direct, Ford will star, and Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce.
The fifth film of the blockbuster franchise doesn’t have an official title yet but it does have a release date. Disney’s set to launch the new Indiana Jones film in theaters on July 19, 2019. There’s no word yet on who, if any, of the previous Indiana Jones cast members will be reuniting with Ford and Spielberg for film number five.
“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.”
The first film of the Indiana Jones series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981. Made with a budget of $18 million, the first film grossed $390 million worldwide before exiting theaters. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom followed in 1984, making $328 million at the box office. Film number three, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, opened in theaters in 1989, grossing $472 million overall during its theatrical run. And film number four joined the franchise in 2008 with Harrison Ford teaming up with Shia LaBeouf for long-awaited, much-anticipated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That film had a budget of almost $200 million and earned a franchise best box office take with $786 million.