Steven Spielberg made a big promise about the end of Indiana Jones 5. The Academy Award-winning Saving Private Ryan and The BFG director revealed that the title character will survive his fifth movie.
Indiana Jones fans have been thrilled by the fact that Harrison Ford will return as the globe-trotting archaeologist, but some have worried that the character might go the way of Han Solo, Ford’s other iconic on-screen persona who finally met an untimely demise in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also serving as a source of concern is the possibility that the film will end up similarly to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the last film in the franchise and one that earned a very frosty reception from fans and critics. As Spielberg explains, however, they will have nothing to fear: not only is he “super excited” about Indiana Jones 5, but he reassures viewers that Indy will still be alive by the time the end credits roll:
That’s great news for fans who would likely balk at such an idea, the same way they would be furious if James Bond accidentally slipped in the shower and cracked his skull at the end of a (hypothetical) final 007 movie. Even if this turns out to be the last time Ford puts on the bullwhip and fedora, it doesn’t mean the filmmakers have to have the death-defying character bite the dust.
“The opportunity to work with Steven again on this character which has brought pleasure to so many… Not to mention me,” Harrison Ford said previously. “It’s fun, it’s great fun to play this character. It’s great fun to work with Steven, I’m looking forward to it.”
Franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce Indiana Jones 5, which will see both Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg return to the franchise.
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