Harrison Ford wants to do Indiana Jones 5. Steven Spielberg wants to do Indiana Jones 5. Lucasfilm wants to do Indiana Jones 5. So what’s the deal with Indiana Jones 5? Another installment following Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been buzzing around the Web for quite some time, and producer/Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has another update for us.
Long story short, it’s still in the works, but obviously the big priority right now is getting the new Star Wars off the ground. THR spoke with the Lucasfilm president, who, among a number of other topics, said of Indiana Jones 5:
We’re all trying to figure out when the right time is to step back in. Harrison really wants to do it; Steven really wants to do it. We’ve kicked around a couple of story ideas, but beyond that, I don’t know yet. I think there will be one, we’ll certainly move forward with Indy. But right now, everybody’s just focused on Star Wars.
Ford reprises his role of Han Solo for The Force Awakens, out in theaters December 18th, and he’ll also return as Indy for this fifth installment. Spielberg said recently that he has no intentions of replacing the actor in the role, even though Crystal Skull made it seem like Shia LaBeouf was going to be stepping up to the leading man plate. Still, how long can a man in his early 70s go before he can’t crack the whip anymore?
Kennedy’s comments do conflict with previous statements from producer Frank Marshall, who said back in October that there haven’t been talks about Indy 5 yet, which apparently aren’t accurate. It’s hard to imagine hearing anything more on this front before the holidays, which will be all about Star Wars. Lucasfilm has a trilogy installment scheduled for every year with an anthology film slated in between. Once they get in a good groove, perhaps then Indy will get more attention. Hopefully everyone involved with still want to do it.