Despite all the negative reviews Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received, the 2008 film was a box office success and Disney confirmed that an Indiana Jones 5 movie is on the way back in 2015.
Disney announced in 2016 that Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg would be reuniting for the fifth Indiana Jones installment, but the release date has already been pushed back from July 19, 2019, to July 10, 2020.
According to a new report from Deadline, however, it sounds like the film might be arriving sooner rather than later as Spielberg eyes Indiana Jones 5 as his next film. Deadline's source also reveals that the 71-year-old director won't be slowing down after Indiana Jones and plans to follow it up with one of his dream projects—an updated version of West Side Story.
So, what should fans expect from the next Indiana Jones film? Spielberg has been quiet, but he did recently hint at a plot decision, saying, "The one thing I will tell you is I'm not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it."
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn called Indiana Jones "one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history" and raved about the next film, saying, "It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor, and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven."
The critically-acclaimed director is also optimistic about the recognition female directors will receive at this year’s Academy Awards. “There’s also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors,” Spielberg told Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “I mean you have Patty Jenkins [Wonder Woman]. We have some amazing women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you’ll be seeing some nominations. I’m predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several.”