'Indiana Jones 5' delayed another year, pushed to 2021

Sergio Cunningham
July 12, 2018

Disney has once again pushed back the release date of Indiana Jones 5, with the highly-anticipated film now hitting theaters on July 9, 2021. As with all release date stories, the announcements relate to U.S. dates; the Ralph follow-up for example, is out in the States on 21 November this year before heading here on the 30th of the month. Something else has to budge off that release date on to Christmas Day. This follows recent reports of script issues and the hiring of a new writer.

This is nearly exactly one year later than its prior release date of July 10, 2020. For now, Spielberg is going to focus on his West Side Story remake and Ford is going to be voicing a lead character in The Secret Life of Pets 2.

The shakeup extends to a number of Disney films scheduled through 2021, including Mary Poppins Returns flying up to December 19 this year from December 25; Jungle Cruise sailing onto an October 11, 2019 release date; and Maleficent 2 being conjured into theaters on May 29, 2020. Steven Spielberg is directing and Harrison Ford is set to star. The timing begs some questions, such as... well, hey, do we really still need to do this?

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"Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can't wait to bring him back to the screen", said Disney chairman Alan Horn in a statement when the project was first announced in 2016. At one point, rumors even suggested that Chris Pratt was set to step into Indy's fedora, but thankfully that isn't happening, and Harrison Ford will return.

We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.

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