Filming has officially wrapped on the fifth Indiana Jones movie. Producer Frank Marshall broke the news via his Twitter feed yesterday.

The long-awaited, long-delayed fifth adventure of the archaeologist was has been in various stages of creation since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull way back in 2008. That’s 14 years and counting. First Spielberg was in, then he wasn’t, various scripts came and went. Eventually, James Mangold was chosen as director.

The director behind Cop Land (1997), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Walk the Line (2005), The Wolverine (2013), and Logan (2017) deserves a chance. He snared a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Logan. Then he directed and produced Ford v Ferrari (2019) which was nominated for Best Picture. The question is, can he overcome the creative inertia that seems to have gripped Lucasfilm since the Disney buy-out?

What I mostly remember about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was that it felt like there was a good movie in there, trying to get out, but it never quite made the break for freedom. Too much obvious studio work, some questionable FX shots, monkey swings, and the character of Mutt, in general, dragged it down.

Then, of course, the movie also made the phrase “Nuked The Fridge” as synonymous with entertainment failure as “Jumped The Shark”.


Production began in June last year in the UK but COVID and then an injury to star Harrison Ford delayed production.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renee Wilson, and Toby Jones co-star. A June 2023 release is still on the cards. Fifteen years after the last installment.

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