Bob Iger discussed some really insight points on Indiana Jones 5 and beyond with THR. In the interview he lays out what he thinks is coming for Indiana Jones and the films beyond Indiana Jones 5, stating it won’t be a one off sequel. It does sound like they’re still figuring out what to do with Indiana Jones after Spielberg and Ford make the next one for July of 2019.
When asked if Indiana Jones will be a franchise like Star Wars is today, Iger says:
Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.
It isn’t clear what he means by “reboot.” He then clarifies when asked about Ford and perhaps a Younger Indy in the film:
Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know.
“Reboot” generally means to restart but I have a feeling he means they’re just going to make it fresh again and down the road work with new actors and directors. At least, I hope that’s what he means. I would be totally excited to see someone else direct and play Indiana Jones when Harrison Ford and Spielberg are finished but I would never want to see a new continuity established on screen.
When it comes to where the movie is going, Iger is quiet as a tomb:
I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.
The exciting part is when he talk about the future of Indy and making more films:
Yes, I do. I don’t think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won’t be just a one-off.
I think it is fair to say we don’t need an Indiana Jones movie every year, as much as us Indy fans would like it. But the idea there will always be one coming down the road is an exciting notion. I still can’t believe we live in a time where we get so much Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Read the full interview with Bob Iger from THR here.