There will be a fifth installment for the Indiana Jones franchise, which will be the latest movie release for the iconic archaeologist/hero, and is set for release in July of 2019. The title of the new movie, as well as a general plot line, are yet to be released at the time of this article.
Indiana Jones has been one of the most successful movie franchises in history. It has generated just shy of $2 billion dollars over the course of several decades, starting with the release of the introductory film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, back in 1981. This film made so much money and was considered such a success, that it was then followed up by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, and finally, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
The character transcended the movies, however, as a younger version of the hero became the focal point of an ABC television series in the early 1990’s. The archaeologist also became the star of video games, comic books, adventure novels, toy lines, as well as other social mediums. Still today, there continues to be a strong cult following of the hero and the franchise, even after so many years have passed since the peak of the franchise back in the 1980s. Now, Indiana Jones will return to the big screen with the latest movie release set for 2019.
In large part, this level of success was due to director Stephen Spielberg’s ability to transfer the excitement of his original vision onto the silver screen so effectively, aided by the strong acting of Harrison Ford. Ford will be playing the title character once again, although he will be 77 years old by the time this next film is released. This has prompted a growing sentiment among many who are calling for the mantle to be passed to someone younger. The announcement that this franchise will be releasing yet a new movie more than 11 years after the last Indiana Jones movie was released in 2008, and almost four decades since the first one was released, had some others wondering if this was an indication that Hollywood had lost its originality, and was out of new ideas.
Still, the original film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, has the distinction of being placed No. 60 on the list of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. The world now awaits the latest Indiana Jones movie, which is set for release in July of 2019. However, there are plenty of questions and criticisms that have been aired in the immediate aftermath of this announcement. There was no shortage of jokes swirling around the age of Ford, and some suggested that this older version of Indiana Jones would actually forget what adventure he was on, would have a prosthetic hip by now, or that he would struggle simply to get off his lawn chair at this point. Obviously, some people are insinuating that Ford is too old for the action hero role and that a younger actor should take the reins now. Many suggestions point to Chris Pratt as being the most logical successor to Ford to continue the iconic role, although, for his part, Stephen Spielberg has remained adamant that Ford is the only actor who will ever don the iconic fedora of the title character.
By Charles Bordeau
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