Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny has been confirmed as the final film in the Indiana Jones franchise by Disney. This comes just months ahead of the latest Indy installment comes to theaters on June 30, 2023. In a recent press release about the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, it was noted multiple times that this was the end of the franchise.
Early on in the press release, the film is referenced as “the highly anticipated final installment of the beloved franchise.” However, this isn’t the only clue that this is the end for the franchise. A quote from director James Mangold doubles down on it.
The director Mangold said, “In 1995, I was honored to come to Cannes with my first film as part of Director’s Fortnite. Twenty-eight years later, I am proud to return with a slightly larger spectacle. My legendary collaborators and I are very excited to share a brand new and final Indiana Jones adventure with you!”
The “final Indiana Jones adventure” seems fairly straight forward. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Previously, John Williams has indicated that it will most likely be his final film that he scores. He has gone back on this since initially saying it, however. But, it still seems that this definitely the end of the franchise for Williams. Harrison Ford, who is now 80 years old, has also said this is the end for the character and role. While the actor continues to keep a busy acting schedule, he has said that this is the end of the role for him and nobody would be replacing him in it.
There have been talks of having an offshoot series for Indiana Jones. However, recent reports have said that this has been shelved by Disney. Looking at the finality of the press release and Mangold’s quote, it seems like the recent reports may be accurate and that when Indiana Jones returns for a final adventure on the big screen in June, it will be the end. Of course, this is how things are shaping up currently. Things can always change in Hollywood but it would be surprising if they did in this case.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Official Description
Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the iconic “Indiana Jones” franchise, which is directed by James Mangold (“Ford v Ferrari,” “Logan”). Starring along with Ford are Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Shaunette Renee Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”), Toby Jones (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Oliver Richters (“Black Widow”), Ethann Isidore (“Mortel”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore”). Directed by James Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1981, is once again composing the score.
What do you think of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny being the final Indy adventure? Is this a good move? Should there be another adventure created in a different way? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.