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You Call This Archaeology?

Indiana Jones, our beloved and adventurous archaeologist, is back? Is it true that Steven Spielberg will start shooting Indiana Jones 5 in 2019? Here we tell you what to expect of the 5th... 5th already? For F*** Shake!, installment of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Steven Spielberg has been hurting for some time."Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was the filmmaker's attempt to recover one of his most iconic franchises (Indiana Jones, duh) several decades later, and although it was a success at the box office, critics and fans alike did not particularly enjoy the return of the archaeologist to the big screen, in a story that was clearly sinking under its own weight.

Now, Spielberg has proposed to amend his error with a new sequel that will amend past mistakes, and this time, he promised that the film would return the original spirit of the saga to screens across the globe.

For this new production, however, he will have to draw a work schedule around all his other projects, which makes the production of "Indiana Jones 5" almost an impossible task. Still, The Hollywood Reporter, suggests that the prestigious director will start shooting "Indiana Jones 5" in July 2019.

Moreover, George Lucas has executive-produced every Indiana Jones movie, but it was initially reported that he wouldn’t be involved with a fifth one. Steven Spielberg, who has directed all the others with Lucas’ creative input, quickly debunked this report and confirmed, “I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That’d be insane.”

So, if Steven and Lucas are ready for it, what could be the big problem? One word: Indiana Jones' age (Ok, that's three, I know, I know).

Next year, Harrison Ford will turn 76 (Blood of Jesus!), and although it is not the first time we see a Hollywood actor doing a great job at that age, the role of Indy requires good physical form. With his appearances in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Blade Runner 2049," his physical limitations after a long career in the industry have become palpable. It is completely unknown what plans Spielberg has for him in "Indiana Jones 5" , but there is no doubt that he will have to juggle more to keep up the pace with the new film and a younger cast being introduced.

The fifth part of our favorite archaeologist who hates snakes (Who doesn't?) still has no name, and after several delays in the agenda, it will hit theaters in the summer of 2021, aiming to be one of the films of the year, at least as far as expectations are concerned.

When the film premieres, Ford will be 78 years old and he'll have returned to one of his most iconic roles. In recent times, the man from Chicago will have returned to two of his best roles: Han Solo (Star Wars) and Rick Deckard (Blade Runner) and now Indiana Jones. On his possible retirement from the "Indiana Jones" franchise, Harrison has already warned that "Nobody is going to be Indiana Jones. I do not understand, I'm Indiana Jones, when I'm gone, he'll be gone, it's easy," he said, referring to rumors of a possible replacement.

So, fortunately for all fans, it looks like Shia Labeouf's Mutt Williams won't be taking the charismatic fedora hat for now. As Harrison Ford said to Variety: “What are you talking about? It’s mine. I would love to do another Indiana Jones movie. George Lucas is working on an idea now. Shia can get his own hat. I earned this hat.” (Yes you did, Indy. Yes you did)

We'll need to wait a couple years, until the expected release date, 8th July 2021, where we'll be able to find out what "Indiana Jones 5" has in store for us, the great fans with brown fedoras. It could be a battle against the Nazis again to obtain a precious, antique and powerful relic, or it could just be family therapy between Indy, Mutt and Marion.

At least, it doesn't seem like this film is setting up a big Indiana Jones cinematic universe that will create unnecessary Indy-related projects like "Sallah: An Indiana Jones Story", because nobody wants that. So don't worry, Indy and Steven have us all covered.

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