The fifth Indiana Jones is continuing its long road to release, with production scheduled for August 2021.
It was way back in 2013 that Lucasfilm announced the return of the whip-cracking archaeologist, Indiana Jones. As was the case with 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the film’s development has been on a long and tortuous road.
Originally slated for 2019, then delayed until 2020, then 2021, the latest delay is due to the impact of the coronavirus. Studios and cinemas have closed, meaning filmmakers lack both the means of production and distribution.
When Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in 2008, the LEGO Group released a range of sets based on both the classic movies and the new one.
In an interview last year, Ford emphasised how much he feels ownership of the character. “Nobody else is going to be Indiana Jones. Don’t you get it? I’m Indiana Jones. When I’m gone, he’s gone. It’s easy,” he said during an appearance on the Today show.
The information currently available suggests that George Lucas will not be involved in this next instalment in the franchise, with Steven Spielberg having passed directing duties to James Mangold.