The latest entry in the Indiana Jones franchise, tentatively titled Indiana Jones 5, will continue the story of everyone's favorite adventurer. Everyone's favorite cloak and sword archaeologist returns to the big screen in the upcoming fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, which began pre-production in December. The sequel unofficially known as Indiana Jones 5 will bring back Harrison Ford as Dr. Henry “Indiana Jones”, with franchise creator George Lucas on board as executive producer.
Director Steven Spielberg won't be behind the camera, however, as he turns around Logan director James Mangold. While opinions are quite aligned on what the worst Indiana Jones movie is, the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the third, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, are largely considered to be the highlights yet. Indiana Jones 5 will be the first Indiana Jones film not directed by Steven Spielberg, although he is still involved in the film as a producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. The news was confirmed by Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold and producer Frank Marshall, who shared images on social media to celebrate the moment.
However, they will have to be very careful with Indy; it would be wise for Disney and Lucasfilm to end the franchise with Indiana Jones 5 before finding a way to reintroduce it in a way that honors the character of Indiana Jones, Ford and the devoted audience. Despite the fact that several other actors played versions of Indiana Jones at various ages in the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, it is clear that Ford brings a unique presence to his roles and makes it difficult for viewers to accept others in those roles. While Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left fans a bit of a bad taste in their mouths, the hope is that Indiana Jones 5 can rekindle some of the original love for the franchise.