It’s official: Harrison Ford will be returning to crack his famous whip once more as archaeologist-turned-adventurer Indiana Jones in a long-delayed fifth installment of the beloved movie franchise.
Disney first announced the film back in 2016, and it was slated to be released in July 2019. But the movie has been delayed by an ever-changing creative team, including screenwriter David Koepp, who has left and returned to the project over the past few years, according to Collider.
Now, Ford’s longtime creative collaborator on Indy, Steven Spielberg, has exited the project as director. (Spielberg and Koepp have collaborated before, including on Jurassic Park.) Variety reports that Spielberg has voluntarily stepped away in order to allow a “new generation” of storytelling talent to take the franchise in a different direction. It’s also worth noting that Spielberg is busy working on another movie slated to release this year, the remake of West Side Story.
Here’s what else we know about Indiana Jones 5 so far.
When is the release date?
While production on the as-yet-untitled fifth movie has been pushed back multiple times, it is still currently scheduled for a release of July 9, 2021.
During a recent appearance on Ellen, Ford said that he hopes Indiana Jones 5 will start filming this summer. And in an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning, Ford talked a little more about what it’s like to come back to characters like Indiana Jones and Han Solo.
“I feel obliged to make sure that our efforts are as ambitious as when we started,” he said.
Who is directing?
According to rumors, James Mangold is being courted to take over for Spielberg; he is best known for directing the critically acclaimed X-Men spinoff Logan and last year’s Ford v Ferrari. His other credits as director include previous Hugh Jackman vehicle The Wolverine, musical biopic Walk the Line, and the thriller Identity.
What is the plot?
Not much is known about Indiana Jones 5, other than it is most definitely not a reboot or prequel. Ford made as much clear in May 2019, when he told The Today Show that none of the famous Chrises would be donning his iconic hat any time soon.
Unlike the standalone Star Wars movie, which starred Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Ford is adamant that nobody other than him will ever play his most iconic character. “Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones, don’t you get it?” He said. “I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy.”