A new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed the studio wants to reboot ‘Indiana Jones’ with a new Dr. Jones after ‘Indiana Jones 5′ is released in 2019.
This means someone else (Chris Pratt perhaps?) could brandish the bullwhip and fedora after 73-year-old Harrison Ford steps down from the role.
Iger was asked by The Hollywood Reporter if the studio planned to make an ‘Indiana Jones’ “universe” like they had done with ‘Star Wars’, and he replied: “Not like ‘Star Wars’, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.”
Harrison Ford has committed to ‘Indiana Jones 5’ in 2019 - the continuum of the saga - alongside director Steven Spielberg and ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ writer David Koepp, but beyond that it sounds like Disney wants to restart the whole shebang from scratch.
“Well, we’ll bring [Harrison] back [for ‘Indy 5′], then we have to figure out what comes next,” Iger tried to clarify, “That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know.”
“We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film [’Indy 5′]. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.”
THR then pushed Iger on whether that means we’d see more Indy films after ‘5′, and he confirmed the studio had plans for the series beyond the fifth film, “I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.”
Steven Spielberg recently revealed that George Lucas was set to be executive producer on ‘Indiana Jones 5′, taking a backseat on the franchise where he’s traditionally contributed as a story writer.
‘Indiana Jones’ is scheduled for release in July, 2019.
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