So, my first foray into the world of “Indiana Jones” was back in elementary school, when my classmates and I — the entire school actually — were loaded into our Catholic school/churches’ all-purpose room to watch a strange film called Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The showing was our reward for selling the requisite number of chocolate bars for the repair of the roof/playground/garage/what-have-you
Now, truth be told, I had no idea going on, but the nuns seemed to enjoy watching the good Lord wreak holy “heck” on the Nazis, even as second grade me, Brett, Brian, Calvin, and Holly sat back to witness the “wrath of God.”
Anyway, the franchise made a definite impression on me, with both Indy and Han Solo’s cinematic vehicles switching spots on my all-time top 2.
Now, as a 43-year-old, and with grade school kids of my own, I wait — patiently — for a return to Tanis “…the exact location of the Well of Souls.”
However, apparently my children will have much more to explore than Indy I – IV.
Tonight, Jack posted a video focusing on the future of Indiana Jones on screen and in Walt Disney World.
“When Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012, the focus of the acquisition was on the Star Wars franchise, as clearly that is what George Lucas is synonymous for, and Disney saw a clear strategy to make back the $4 Billion they spent on the acquisition,” he explained. “However, as part of the deal, Disney all acquired Indiana Jones.
“So it was only natural that talk of a fifth Indiana Jones movie would happen, and it was made official in March 2016, with the announcement that the new installment would be released on July 19, 2019. Then last year, Disney decided to push back the release to July 10, 2020, with production set to start in April 2019. But once again, in July Disney announced that Indiana Jones 5 would be released on July 9, 2021, instead of 2020.
“Now the reason for all this date changing and swapping is quite important. As Disney have very high hopes to use this next movie to relaunch the franchise, as after all Indiana Jones was always Lucas and Spielberg’s homage to the James Bond movies, and so the next movie will be starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones one last time, but Disney will be looking to set up a way to reboot the franchise as well,” added Jack. “But the reasons why the movie’s release has been pushed back is because Steven Spielberg who is directing this 5th movie, is also working on a West Side Story remake, and Disney have decided to take their time with the script and development, and have brought in Jonathan Kasden to write a draft.”
By the way, be sure to head over to MakingIndy.net, where Jason Ward and I post Indiana Jones-specific news (when it breaks).
But this week, the whole Disney Parks side of things got hotter than Mola Ram’s temple, as outlets began reporting on where everyone’s favorite archeologist might end up in terms of an E-Ticket attraction.
And the news helped DSNY Newscast update some of its earlier work on Indiana Jones from this May:
Things have — obviously — changed.
“According to insiders, the concept for the re-imagining of Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom into a version of the Indiana Jones attraction from Disneyland has been dropped altogether within Imagineering,” explained Kendall. “The thinking [is] that Disney’s Hollywood Studios still requires additional attractions and offerings even after Galaxy’s Edge opens and that it would be a better fit for that park’s narrative and theme.
“Furthermore, reliable insider ‘Marni1971’ on WDW Magic Forums has stated that Disney has decided that Hollywood Studios will be the home for anything Indiana Jones.”
But, as always, Kendall cautioned about ephemeral nature of Disney Park plans.
“We know that if Disney moves ahead with the proposal, it won’t be complete until the mid-2020s,” explained Jack. “The suggested proposal would see a reimagining of the surrounding Echo Lake area to Indiana Jones, with the idea that a new E-Ticket attraction would be built where the current Stunt Show currently resides.”
Perhaps the most important take away from the video is the sentence: “But don’t forget, this is very early [planning], and plans will probably change, but we’ll keep you updated.”
In the meantime, we wait. However, I’ll be in WDW in November, where I will be sure to visit all of the Indiana Jones spots in Hollywood Studios – just in case things move quicker than we might think.
But what do you think about Indiana Jones? Are you excited to see Indy 5? Are you excited for a Dr. Jones entry into Hollywood Studios? Or are you sad to see the plan for an Indiana Jones ride a la Disneyland go by the wayside?
Let us know in the comments below…