Way back in 2013, I discussed my feelings about Disney getting the rights to Indiana Jones. Clearly apathetic or maybe just a little worn out with the world at the time, I said:
But when I hear that Disney has acquired full rights from Paramount to make more Indiana Jones movies (or TV shows or video games or whatever plans they have), well… I don’t even know if I care.
Do I care now?
I do. I probably shouldn’t, but I do.
July 19, 2019. That’s the date that Disney has announced for its release. It’s already actively in pre-production. Disney chairman Alan Horn announced in the press release:
“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. 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.”
Notice somebody being left out of the description? In 2009, Harrison had said that George Lucas had already been actively working on a fifth film, but since Lucas is no longer attached to the series in any way, it’s about guaranteed that the new writers (including David Koepp) will do their own thing, much like what was done with the newest Star Wars installment. That’s probably not a bad thing, considering even Spielberg has thrown Lucas under the bus for the whole alien-silliness. As for me though, I’ve always been more annoyed by the plastic CGI and the monkeys… those goddamn monkeys.
More details, I’m sure, will be released over the coming months. In the meantime, need a reminder of how bad Crystal Skull was? Here’s my scathing review (and it’s 117 comments).