'Indiana Jones 5' will finally start filming in April

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Credit: Lucasfilm)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Credit: Lucasfilm)

Harrison Ford has confirmed that the long-awaited fifth movie in the Indiana Jones series will start filming in April.

He dropped the nugget during an interview with CBS for its Sunday Morning show, set to go out this weekend.

Asked about the challenge of coming back to a role after many years – the inference being those of Han Solo or Indiana Jones – Ford joked: “Trying not to look silly running around in tight pants and high boots.”

He then added: “I'll try and give you a more appropriate answer, considering that I'm going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months.

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“If we have the opportunity to make another, it’s because people have enjoyed them.”

It has been some time since Ford has donned the fedora to play the intrepid archeologist, with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull having landed in 2008.

Talk of the so-far untitled fifth movie began soon after, and back then there was even talk of making Shia LaBeouf's character Mutt Williams, from the fourth movie, the lead.

A year lated LaBeouf said in an interview that Steven Spielberg had cracked the story for the fifth film, something Karen Allen, who plays Marion Ravenwood, later confirmed too.

However, the takeover of Lucasfilm by Disney has somewhat delayed the advancement of the project, while it took on the Star Wars universe, and it’s now thought that Mutt Williams is not involved.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Credit: Lucasfilm)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Credit: Lucasfilm)

Then in 2015, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm boss Kathy Kennedy confirmed a fifth movie was in the pipeline, with George Lucas returning as an executive producer.

Various writers have been involved too from David Koepp (who penned Crystal Skull) to Jonathan Kasdan, the latter's story rumoured to be about a fabled train full of nazi gold that was buried in a tunnel in the last days of the Second World War.

Meanwhile, in case anyone was wondering, both Ford and Disney boss Bob Iger have said that the plan is not to kill off Dr. Jones (though Ford will be pushing 80 when the movie is released).

However, Iger has said that a fifth film will 'not be a one-off', so perhaps the torch will be handed on to someone else.