’Indiana Jones’ Live-Action Series in the Works for Disney Plus
Disney and Lucasfilm are not done with the Indiana Jones IP after the fifth film installment releases next year, as reports say that a live-action series is about to begin development for Disney Plus.
According to Variety, no writer has been set yet, but the studio is keen on getting it off the ground as soon as possible. No plot details or even a general synopsis is available at the moment, though the report does point out that Disney wants to keep the franchise going after the release of the yet-untitled Indiana Jones 5, which will be Harrison Ford’s swan song as the character. That could mean more movies, in addition to the series, whether they are focused on young Indy with a new actor, or a spin-off from the fifth film. Additionally, a video game was announced to be in development in early 2021, though we haven’t had any news since.
James Mangold is taking over directing duties for the fifth film after Steven Spielberg stepped down in early 2020. The film, which wrapped production earlier this year after multiple delays, will finally see the light of day on June 30, 2023. The cast includes Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Reneé Wilson, Antonio Banderas, and Toby Jones.
It will be interesting to see what direction Disney and Lucasfilm take with the series. It’s possible it might be a revival of the 1990s, two-season live-action series for ABC The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which featured Sean Patrick Flanery as Indiana Jones. It’s also interesting timing given Ke Huy Quan’s recent comeback to Hollywood with Everything Everywhere All at Once earlier this year, and Loki season 2 next year, among other projects. The Vietnamese actor had his first on-screen role in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and recently told the most endearing story about his reunion with Harrison Ford:
Ke Huy Quan on reuniting with Harrison Ford
“I’m thinking 'is he going to recognize me?’ He turns and points at me and says ‘Are you Short Round?’ Immediately, I was transported back [to] when I was a little kid and said ‘Yes Indy.’ And he said ‘Come here’ and gave me a big hug” pic.twitter.com/VsQFUglElR
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) October 19, 2022
Stay tuned for more news on Indiana Jones. The title and the first trailer should arrive in December, in time to be screened in front of Avatar: The Way of Water.
Miguel Fernández is a Spanish student that has movies as his second passion in life. His favorite movie of all time is The Lord of the Rings, but he is also a huge Star Wars fan. However, fantasy movies are not his only cup of tea, as authors like Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick or Hitchcock have been an obsession for him since he started to understand the language of filmmaking. He is that guy who will watch a black and white movie, just because it is in black and white.