A release date is locked for the next installment in the continuing Indiana Jones franchise, with a fifth movie set to hit theaters on July 19, 2019. We know Harrison Ford will return along with Steven Spielberg, and that David Koepp is writing the screenplay. But just how far along are they in deciding Indy's next (and maybe last?) adventure.
"That's still in the thinking stages," producer Frank Marshall recently told Fandango during a conversation tied to the DVD/Blu-ray release of Jason Bourne on December 6.
At the conclusion of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy finally married his longtime love Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), and when we brought up the next Indiana Jones movie to Marshall, we asked whether there was room for Marion to return. "I don't know, because that's one I'm not involved in until they come up with the idea and the plan of where they want to go," Marshall said. "Then I get involved."
Another globe-trotting hero in Marshall's ever-evolving stable of iconic characters is Jason Bourne, who like Indiana Jones is now up to five installments, with only one not featuring star Matt Damon (2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner). We asked Marshall to compare the two megafranchises -- is one easier to execute than the other?
"I'd say Indiana Jones is different because Indy can have his own adventures without anyone knowing," he said. "We just pick him up. It's like serials, he's on his last adventure, then he's on a new adventure. But Bourne has a history attached to him the whole time. You have this character who has a problem and people are empathetic to him and want to see who he really is. That's the difference. Even though we have the same character going through both franchises, Bourne is a little more difficult because he has the amnesia problem."
As for Bourne, the future of that franchise is still up in the air. Marshall says plans for another movie are on hold at the moment, but what about bringing Jason Bourne to TV?
"No," he said, laughing. "It's hard enough to think about the movies, we've never had a discussion about TV."
We'll have more with Frank Marshall as we approach the DVD/Blu-ray release date of Jason Bourne on December 6. Check out the trailer below.