After $100,000,000 Loss With Indiana Jones 5, Disney Issues an Upsetting Statement For Harrison Ford’s Fans

Disney is no longer interested in producing more sequels

After $100,000,000 Loss With Indiana Jones 5, Disney Issues an Upsetting Statement For Harrison Ford's Fans

SUMMARY

  • Harrison Ford announced earlier that "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" would be his final film in the franchise.
  • However, Disney recently stated that "Indiana Jones 5" will be the "fifth and final" installment in the franchise.
  • The studio is likely to conclude the franchise altogether due to the failure of the last film, which did not break even despite grossing $384 million at the box office.
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Harrison Ford had earlier announced that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was his final film in the franchise. While fans of the actor and the franchise were upset about this news, recent statements from Disney have another disappointing update for fans. In their statements, Disney stated that Indian Jones 5 is the ‘fifth and final’ installment in the franchise.

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Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

The studio will most likely conclude the franchise altogether, following the massive failure of the last film. The movie grossed $384 million at the box office; however, the nearly $300 million budget and $100 million marketing meant the film failed to break even.

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Disney Is Done With The Indiana Jones Franchise

Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones 5

After the disappointing box office numbers and Harrison Ford’s exit, Disney is no longer interested in producing more sequels in the Indiana Jones franchise. Ford returned for a fifth film 15 years after his earlier installment, which was also one of the forgettable outings in the franchise. Ford was joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen in the fifth film.

The studio made its intention to shut down the franchise clear, referring to the film as the “final installment” in the franchise. While announcing the streaming release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Disney+ stated in its press release, “Lucasfilm’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ the final installment in the epic, iconic franchise…”

However, there is a possibility that the Steven Spielberg-initiated franchise might continue to tell new stories via television series rather than a theatrical release. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy alluded to this possibility while also confirming that they would not replace Harrison Ford’s central character. Kennedy told the Dagobah Dispatch podcast:

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“I mean, truthfully, right now, if we were to do anything, it might be in series television down the road, but we’re not doing anything to replace Indiana Jones.”

These new television series can explore any of the Indiana Jones characters, like origin stories for Abner Ravenwood, Marion’s father, or the adventures of Helena Shaw. However, Lucasfilm and Disney will have to reevaluate the franchise before going forward with any further projects.

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Did Indiana Jones Lose Its Appeal With The Audience?

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Despite receiving a lukewarm response from critics, Indiana Jones 5 failed to pull in audiences to the theaters. Variety reported that the film had lost at least $100 million for Disney. While the staggering budget of the film was the major factor in its colossal failure, the audiences were also not exactly looking forward to seeing Harrison Ford back on screen.

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The film didn’t appeal to the younger generation who could not relate to a hero in his late 70s. The fact that the film comes after a disappointing fourth film also added to the less-than-stellar expectations of the audience. Interestingly, the film was released at the Cannes Film Festival prior to its theatrical release, and the word-of-mouth was just not impressive.

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is scheduled for a streaming release on Disney+ on December 1.

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