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Indiana Jones 5 Ending Will Send Character Into the Sunset, Again

India on a boat.

A brand new image of Indiana Jones 5.
Image: Lucasfilm/Empire

If you thought Indiana Jones married Marion Ravenwood and living with their son Mutt was the end of it, think again. The team behind it Indiana Jones5 didn’t see that as a good farewell for the iconic cinema star, and that became the focus of the new movie, out on June 30, 2023.

Conversation with Empire (which also debuted the new take on the movie above, also as two new covers), Indy himself, Harrison Ford, said he wanted more closure for his signature character, which is part of the reason he came back. “I thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey,” Ford said. “If a script came along that I thought would give me a way to expand the character.”

Director James Mangold co-wrote the script in question (alongside Jez and John-Henry Butterworth) and explained that the film’s focus would be just that: bringing Indy to the end. “It became very important to me to figure out how to make this into a movie about a hero at sunset,” said Mangold. “The issues I raised about Indy’s age weren’t things I thought were addressed in the material being developed at the time. There were “old” jokes, but the material itself was not about it. To me, whatever your biggest liability is, you have to fly right into that. If you try to pretend it’s not there, you’ll get slings and arrows all the way.”

Those quotes, of course, say nothing at all about the story itself. What Indy goes after, if Marion or Mutt are still around, who exactly plays Phoebe Waller-Bridge, all that good stuff. But to hear Ford tell it, it’s everything eventually go to work. “It’s full of adventure, full of laughter, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and sneaky,” Ford said Empire. “Shooting it was hard and long and hard,” he says. “But I’m very happy with the movie we have.”

We’re sure we’ll find out more next week when The full issue of Empire has been released. Indiana Jones5 (which, yes, still bears that title provisional) will be released on June 30, 2023.


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