Director Steven Spielberg likes to talk about a fifth Indiana Jones film, even if it isn’t officially happening. According to The Guardian, the director name-checked the project in a taped tribute to star Harrison Ford at the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday. Ford was recieving the Albert R Broccoli Britannia award for worldwide contribution to entertainment and during Speilberg’s comments, he said “I can’t wait to work with you on Indiana Jones 5. This is not an announcement, just my fervent hope.”
Just a few weeks ago, Spielberg made mention of the potential sequel in a more joking manner while talking about his most recent film, Bridge of Spies, and his tendency to make films starring Ford or Tom Hanks. “We’ve gotta figure this out because now, Tom is tied with Harrison Ford: Harrison and I did four movies, Tom and I have done four movies,” Spielberg said. “Now I’ll probably do an Indy 5 with Harrison, [so] it’ll be five for Harrison, four for Tom.”
Recently, Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall told Total Film that the part will not be recast. “We’re not doing the Bond thing where we’re going to call somebody else Indiana Jones,” Marshall said. He added that through they have yet to sit down and discuss the sequel, “There’s a bunch of people who could probably take the baton.” Many saw the inclusion of Indy’s son Mutt Williams, played by Shia LaBeouf, as a first attempt to pass that baton.