When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 they did not only buy the rights to Star Wars, they also acquired the rights to the Indiana Jones franchises. Deadline has already reported that Steven Spielberg has been eying up a fifth Indiana Jones movie as his follow-up project to Ready Player One and he has now confirmed he will start filming Indiana Jones 5 in the UK in April 2019.
Spielberg made the announcement when he was receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards in London. The Empire Awards are nominated and voted for by the readers of Empire Magazine.
Rumors about a fifth Indiana Jones film has been circling for years since the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in 2008. These include Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt taking over the franchise, Chris Pratt being lined up to replace Harrison Ford as the iconic character and one story idea involving the Bermuda Triangle. It is hard to sift fact from fiction regarding these rumors, so it is best to wait for some official announcements.
As a fan of the series, I have a couple of requests for the fifth film – use as little CGI as possible and make the artifacts mystic. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull was a maligned because of favored CGI over practical effects, stupid scenes like Indy surviving a nuclear blast in a fridge and Mutt swinging from tree to tree with a load of monkeys and the one thing I will never get over – centering the plot around aliens!
There is no official release date but it would be easy to suspect that Indiana Jones 5 would come out in the summer of 2020 or 2021.
Spielberg latest film, Ready Player One, comes out on March 29 in the US and March 28 in the UK.