Indiana Jones is back! Or at least by July 9, 2021 he will be, as Harrison Ford will reprise the role for the fifth time, donning his hat and whip and investigating more archaeological finds. His latest outing, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, polarised fans back in 2008, which could explain why development has been so slow. Combined with issues of writers and attached producers, the Spielberg-directed and George Lucas-backed film seems on the right track to return fans to the world of Indiana Jones, and one that has hopefully learned from the mistakes of the fourth outing.
Movies 10-12: Indiana Jones Trilogy (‘81, ‘84, ‘89) I hadn’t actually sat down to watch all of these until a few months ago. It was a really fun adventure that felt like one coherent story even though it wasn’t exactly ever meant to be from the start. 8.5/10 pic.twitter.com/AHxpts83nd
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What Do We Know About Indy 5?
Harrison Ford may be 77 when he returns as our whip-wielding hero, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get a strong story. Marion Ravenwood actress Karen Allen and Indy’s son, Shia LaBeouf, are notedly not being brought back to reprise their roles, while Sallah actor John Rhys-Davies has expressed an interest in returning, but not in a cameo role. Crystal Skull writer David Koepp has been pipped as writing the film, while Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jonathan Kasdan (who happens to be the son of the writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark) will punch the script up – meaning he’ll be writing for Harrison Ford’s two most prominent roles.
Production remains tight-lipped over what a story may revolve around – or simply the intricacies haven’t been decided just yet. But, what we can guarantee is that the story will send Indy searching for lost or hidden treasure – because that’s just what fans want.
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Why Do We Love Archaeological Mysteries?
Excitement for the latest flick isn’t surprising, given how popular the excitement and mystery of investigating old temples is. Lara Croft continues to be rebooted, with Alicia Vikander playing the role made famous by Angelina Jolie in the 2018 reboot, while real life saw us investigating an unopened sarcophagus in Egypt last winter.
The world of gaming has been infected by the excitement of the theme – with scrolling game Temple Run and its sequel being best-selling apps. The theme of archaeology and mystery is also used in online slots, with a large variety of classic slots framed around the topic. Book of Dead, Ecuador Gold, King of Kings, Temple Rumble and Gold Rush are some examples of the archaeological mystery themed slots which allow players to indulge in the latest features and innovations of gaming. The guarantee of being developed by NetEnt, Play’n GO and Microgaming shows that the ancient theme meshes well with modern gaming technology.
Indy 5 may be a way away yet, but fans are no doubt excitement by the news and eager to reconnect with what became one of the most successful and popular action-adventure franchises. Dealing with a more mature hero and a world of Indiana Jones with influences from the 2020s will no doubt see a completely different film than its predecessors. But, we are confident that Indy will still be the same lovable rogue professor.