Indiana Jones will return for a new movie with Harrison Ford… but no George Lucas

Fortune, glory and one last adventure on the big screen?

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Fortune and glory Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. Image Picture Lucasfilm/Paramount

“It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.” Indiana Jones is about to add a few more digits to the clock with a brand new movie.

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will reunite for a fifth whip-cracking adventure, which will open in cinemas on July 19, 2019.

Spielberg, director of all four Indiana Jones outings, will be joined behind the scenes by Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and producer Frank Marshall – both veterans of the previous films.

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios of the new film.

“It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”

“Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.”

However, this will be the first Indy flick without any involvement from George Lucas. The Star Wars creator hatched the idea with Spielberg in the late 70s when the duo were looking to create a franchise to rival James Bond.

Lucas’s $4 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney in November 2012 – and subsequent retirement from blockbuster filmmaking – means he’s now out of the picture completely. The filmmaker also had no direct influence on Star Wars: The Force Awakens after JJ Abrams and Disney threw out his original story ideas for a new trilogy.

The four Indy films have raked in more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office, with the last outing being 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

The whip-cracking archaeologist also appeared in TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. There he was played by Sean Patrick Flanery but Ford himself made a cameo appearance playing an older incarnation of the character.

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