The film follows 2008’s attempted reboot, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which found Ford teaming up with Shia LaBeouf, who played Jones’ son. There were hopes that the young actor would then carry on the franchise, but such movies never materialized.
Despite that hiccup, veteran producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall have said that the new Indiana Jones film will likely include younger actors — though Ford will remain the one and only Indiana Jones. No other casting decisions have been announced, nor has a screenwriter been named.
In an interview with THR last year, Kennedy said of the then-still-rumored fifth Indiana Jones movie: “We’re all trying to figure out when the right time is to step back in… 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.”
Like Spielberg and Ford, Kennedy and Marshall have worked on every Indiana Jones film, starting with 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The pair, who are also married, have recently scored big hits with major franchise reboots as well: Marshall with Jurassic World and Kennedy — who is president of Lucasfilm — with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The fifth Indiana Jones will also be the first to be released by Disney. In 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and with it, the rights to Star Wars — but the entertainment giant had to strike another deal with original Indiana Jones studio, Paramount, in order to acquire that franchise. The 2013 deal allows Paramount to retain the rights to the first four films, while the studio will also receive “financial participation” on any future movies.