George Lucas had previously announced his retirement from filmmaking
Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he’ll reunite with Indiana Jones creator George Lucas for the fifth instalment of the iconic adventure series.
The film, which is touted for release in 2019, will see Harrison Ford returning as the titular whip-cracking archaeologist, while composer John Williams will score the film once more.
But Spielberg has now confirmed that he will reunite with George Lucas, who will act as an executive producer on the project – and said it would be ‘insane’ if he wasn’t involved.
Speaking during an interview to promote his new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, Spielberg said: “George is going to be an executive producer on it with me. Of course I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That would be insane.”
The announcement comes shortly after questions were raised over Lucas’ involvement on the project, having previously confirmed his retirement from filmmaking.
Spielberg has also acted to allay the fears of Indiana Jones fans who became concerned that the archaeologist could meet his end in the upcoming film.
“I’m super excited”, he told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I think this one is straight down the pike for fans. The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison at the end of it.”