Cue the rolling cameras: Indiana Jones is riding rugged to a fourth sequel.
Walt Disney Co. said it’s making a fifth Indiana Jones movie under director Steven Spielberg and with Harrison Ford returning in the title role as the adventurous archaeologist.
The film is scheduled to open on July 19, 2019, Bloomberg reports, citing the Burbank California-based company.
The revival of the franchise, which has long been rumored, continues Disney’s development of assets acquired over the past few years.
The company’s US$4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 gave it rights to the Star Wars movie franchise and Indiana Jones characters.
“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 of 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.”
The first four films were distributed by Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures, which will continue to handle that duty for the original pictures.
Disney will make, market and distribute the new films, with Paramount receiving a financial consideration.
Resuscitating the franchise isn’t a surprise given that the last movie, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, grossed almost US$800 million worldwide, according to Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co.
Ford, 73, made a return to the big screen in December reprising the iconic role of Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
He broke his leg during shooting and was later injured in an unrelated plane crash. Spielberg, 69, has directed all of the Indiana Jones movies.
The four Indiana Jones films from Paramount, dating back to the original Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981, have grossed US$1.95 billion in worldwide ticket sales, according to researcher Box Office Mojo.
The Marvel pictures, controlled by Disney, are the No. 1 series with US$9.08 billion in global box office sales from a dozen movies.
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