This is Not a Drill: ‘Indiana Jones 5’ is Happening

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Plus: Remembering the great Robert Osborne, and there’s a new Batmobile in Gotham.

When it came to the probability of a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise, it was never really a question of “if,” it was always a question of “when,” and now we have the answer: July 19, 2019.

Furthermore, we know it’s going to be Harrison Ford returning to the role (he’ll be 77 at the time of release) and Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair, just like the previous four chapters. George Lucas, who helped create the character and has story credit on all the other films, wasn’t mentioned in the press release from Disney – not Paramount, a first for the film series – but franchise producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall were: both will be producing.

Shia LaBeouf, who played Indy’s son in the most recent film, 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Karen Allen, whose character Indy married at the end of that film, also weren’t mentioned, but neither were any story details or even a title, so there’s still a bit of mystery surrounding that aspect.

Here’s that statement from Walt Disney Studios:

Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.

“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”

Where this is going is anybody’s guess, but I’d wager it’s either going to be a swan song or a soft reboot for the character, a conclusion or a bridge to the next generation. If it’s the former, I’m good with that. If it’s the latter, I’m hoping Mutt has a brother who looks like Chris Pratt we didn’t know about.

In other news and points of interest…

… Film fans the world over mourned the loss of TCM host Robert Osborne, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84. For a generation of film fans Osbourne was a gateway to classic cinema and a guide to the wonderful world of moviemaking. Below is the statement from TCM …

Justice League director Zack Snyder gave us a peek at the newest incarnation of the iconic Batmobile in this pic released Sunday. Only eight more months until the film opens on November 17th…

Alien: Covenant is still a couple months from its release, but according to this post from The Sydney Morning Herald, director Ridley Scott has already commissioned a script for the next installment and says he’ll be “ready to go again next year” …

… Speaking of scripts, the guy who wrote the one for Die Hard, Steven E. de Souza, finally cleared up one of the film’s biggest plot holes …

…And lastly, Stephen King has seen the new film adaptation of his novel It – or the first of the two-part film adaptation, to be specific – and he made his reaction known.

Over in our corner of the internet, we kicked off #TexasWeek yesterday, our celebration of the Lone Star State onscreen in advance of this year’s SXSW festival in beautiful Austin, Texas, which is also our homebase. We’re going to be running stuff all week, and we started with FSR boss Neil Miller’s Welcome post, then took a look at the loss of the Old West with Max Covill, the quiet sweetness of Texas crime with Jacob Oller, and an underseen jewel of Texan cinema with Rob Hunter.

And in case you missed them, these are five of the most popular shots we tweeted out over the course of the day. Want to see more? You know where to find us.

THE SEARCHERS (1956) Director of Photography: Winton C. Hoch | Director: John Ford
WEST SIDE STORY (1961) Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp | Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992) Director of Photography: Ronald Víctor García | Director: David Lynch
BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey | Director: Arthur Penn | #TexasWeek
SKYFALL (2012) Director of Photography: Roger Deakins | Director: Sam Mendes

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