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Disney announced Tuesday morning, March 15 that both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will return for the fifth incarnation of Indiana Jones.
The film is expected to hit theaters July 19, 2019.
This is fantastic news. Yeah, Harrison Ford will be 75 during filming. Yeah, Uncle Stevie will be 72. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce the film, per Disney (link at bottom of page). It just so happens that Kathleen Kennedy is the president of LucasFilms, and she and Spielberg have produced the Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones franchises and E.T, together.
The bad news? Well, there is no mention of co-creator George Lucas in the press release. Let me hit you back with a good news scenario; what happened the last time Lucas' name wasn't attached to one of his babies?
Oh, that's right, this little thing called The Force Fuckin' Awakens.
“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,” Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in the release. “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.”
Ford and Uncle Stevie have clamored that they wanted another chance to follow up the infamous Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Crystal Skull was hated by the majority of people. Like, fans of the series really hated it.
Seriously, have you seen the South Park episode that aired shortly after the flick's 2008 release? Trey Parker and Matt Stone put together an episode centered around the fact that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg raped Indiana Jones, its fans and even Star Wars.
Yeah, it was hated. The heat it received was deserving, but the flocks of sheep contrarians was not. Crystal Skull was easily -- ahem, clears throat -- easily the worst of the Indiana Jones franchise. But, my god, this movie was not as God-awful as everyone seems to remember.
Yes, there were flying monkeys, aliens and Shia LaBeouf, but this movie, in a sense, captured the essence of Indiana Jones. It was a fun, summer blockbuster adventure movie. It relied way too heavily on Harrison Ford and certainly took everything good about the series and overexposed the shit out of it.
But, that doesn't make it a bad movie.
A bad movie is The Fantastic Four, Howard the Duck and so on.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull -- holy shit -- was actually well-received by Rotten Tomatoes/Flixster approved critics at 78 percent. Did not know that.
While the general hateulation gave it a 54 percent. Fair enough.
Here is the consensus review from critics:
"Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome."
Be optimistic. No. 4 wasn't as bad as you like to think you remember and No. 5 has everything it needs to be successful.
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Disney's cash.
For Disney's full press release, click here.