When Indiana Jones 5 was first announced back in 2016, the film came along with a July 2019 release date. That obviously isn’t happening, with the movie’s release date having since been moved to 202o in 2017, and then again to 2021 last year. But it looks like the film may actually keep its current release date, as Harrison Ford has just announced when filming will start for Indy’s next adventure.
Following an appearance at the opening of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Ford spoke with Variety about the next Indiana Jones film, and revealed that they “should be starting to shoot sometime next year,” adding, “I’m looking forward to it. Things are coming along well.” A 2020 starting date for filming Indiana Jones 5 certainly makes sense given the movie’s 2021 release date, but it’s still good to hear it straight from the fedora-wearing horse’s mouth.
As for what the movie will actually be about, that remains a mystery. It’s expected to act as a sequel to 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, despite that film’s less-than-stellar reputation with fans. Crystal Skull took place in the 1950s, and given that Indy 5 will be released 13 years later, a 1960s setting would seem to make the most sense. There’s also the question of Ford’s age and what effect that could have on the film. Ford will turn 79 within a week of the film’s release, but as he’s proven many times over, the actor doesn’t seem to feel the effects of aging like the rest of us. In other words, he doesn’t belong in a museum just yet.
All that is really known about Indy 5 is that Ford is starring, Steven Spielberg is returning to direct, and the film will be released on July 9, 2021. Any details beyond that are as mysterious as the contents of those other boxes in the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.