The last time we saw Indiana Jones it was 2008. Indy had literally ridden off into the sunset 19 years prior in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with fellow screen legend Sean Connery by his side, and apart from a video game or two, that seemed like the end of a great series of adventures.
Then came Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film that gave us space aliens, Indy’s annoying son Mutt, and a new term in the pop culture lexicon for when movies just plain outstay their welcome. It still went on to become one of the 50 highest-grossing films in American movie history, though, and that means that seven years later, we’re still hearing whispers of more Indiana Jones.
Rumors of a continuation of Indy’s adventures have been around pretty much since Crystal Skull hit theaters, but they really intensified three years ago, when Disney bought Lucasfilm — where George Lucas and Steven Spielberg dreamed up the good Dr. Jones — and, later, Paramount and Disney struck a deal that could lead to more flicks. Some fans want another flick, some don’t. Some want a reboot with a younger star (Chris Pratt seems to be at the top of that wishlist, but personally I want Jessica Chastain), some want the 72-year-old Harrison Ford to crack the whip one more time.
Whatever the case, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has finally confirmed that another Indy movie will happen. The trouble is that’s really all she confirmed. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kennedy said a fifth Indiana Jones installment “will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I’m not quite sure. We haven’t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it.”
So, if you were really hoping for another film in the series, it’s time to celebrate…and then maybe just kind of shrug. Lucasfilm is neck-deep in relaunching Star Wars right now, so who knows when they’ll actually get a script together for this. Harrison Ford could be 80 by the time it happens, and the company might bypass him altogether. Then again, it could happen sooner than we think. Either way, whether you like it or not, that fedora’s comin’ out of cold storage sometime in the future.