Kathleen Kennedy Confirms Indiana Jones 5 Will NOT Reboot the Franchise

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With Harrison Ford at 77 years old, everyone thinks that he's put his action star days behind him, that's why it's baffling that Lucasfilm would push forward with a fifth Indiana Jones movie. While some think this could be a reboot, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirms that it's not the case.

Talking to the BBC at the red carpet during the BAFTAs, Kennedy had this to say about Indy 5, "We're working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we'll be ready to go… Harrison Ford will be involved, yeah. It's not a reboot; it's a continuation."

Of course, the sequel has been a very loose term as of late. For now, Hollywood has found a trend with "reboot/sequels" where they continue the timeline of the original property, but focus the story on a new cast with original cast members serving as ‘mentors.' The Force Awakens did it, and other movies like Blade Runner 2049, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Terminator Dark Fate are doing it too. I wouldn't suspect anything less from Indiana Jones.

If anything, Crystal Skull was kind of building onto that idea with Shia LaBeouf's character Mutt, but seeing as that movie wasn't well-received, I'd think Lucasfilm would want to focus on a new "Indy." Maybe they'll cast Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) who has been a fan favorite for a while, but maybe LaBeouf can come back for the sake of continuity.

For now, Indiana Jones 5 is slated for a release on July 9, 2021.

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