Over the weekend, living legend Steven Spielberg appeared at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards in London, where he issued the following threat:
“It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK. The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here."
Yes, that's right: Indiana Jones 5 - whatever it ends up being called - is absolutely, positively a go, and will begin shooting over in the UK about one year from now. We don't know what the movie will be about, we don't know who else will be in it (beyond Harrison Ford, of course); all we really know is that it's happening and it'll arrive on July 10th, 2020. Which means we have about, oh, a year and a half to prepare for the next Indiana Jones.
If you're anything like this writer, you remember the lead-up to Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, a period of feverish anticipation that ultimately arrived at what is inarguably the worst entry in the Indiana Jones franchise. A whole bunch of mistakes were made on that one, and it'll be interesting to see if Spielberg internalized those criticisms in the time since. Of course we should always be excited about any new Spielberg - he's the best blockbuster director in the world, and should never be completely dismissed - but this one's got a lot of proving to do before we're gonna allow ourselves to feel the hype.
While we're waiting to hear more: where do you folks stand on another Indiana Jones? Do you think a fifth entry's a bad idea, better left well enough alone? Or are you optimistic about this, convinced that Spielberg will deliver an entry that will more than make up for what happened with Crystal Skull? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for more as we continue the long Bataan death march towards Indiana Jones 5.