THR’s Kim Masters interviewed Steven Spielberg for his new film The BFG. Spielberg makes an interesting confirmation about life and death in Indiana Jones 5. Fans that have guessed Indy would surely die in the fifth film installment of the series will need to save the guess for the sixth film at this point:
He’ll direct the fifth Indiana Jones movie for Disney. Spielberg says he’s “super excited” about that movie, dated for July 2019: “I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans.” He won’t reveal plot details, except this: “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”
I am pretty jazzed to have that confirmed. It means we don’t have to wade through rumors and predictions Indy doesn’t survive the film. It also says that they’re not interested in closing the series down. It very well could be the last Indy film that Ford and Spielberg make, but it likely won’t be the last Indy film in the larger story. After the death of Han Solo last year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I don’t know if our fragile snowflake hearts could take the death of Indiana Jones too.
There’s still no word on if George Lucas is consulting on the film or if Shia Labeouf and Karen Allen will be returning. We probably won’t have solid casting news until 2018, with the film coming out in the summer of 2019.