Disney has confirmed that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be the franchise’s final instalment. The Lucasfilm brand began in 1981 with the instant hit Raiders of the Lost Ark. Harrison Ford reprised his role as the daring archaeologist in the 1984 prequel The Temple of Doom and the 1989 sequel The Last Crusade, completing the original trilogy. Ford returned for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, and after another lengthy hiatus, he’s returning for the fifth and final film.
Disney officially confirmed the conclusion of the Indiana Jones franchise ahead of the release of Indiana Jones 5. According to a recent press release from the company, The Dial of Destiny is “the highly anticipated final instalment of the beloved franchise.” The film’s director, James Mangold, who takes over for Steven Spielberg, also refers to it as the “final Indiana Jones adventure.” Despite the fact that Ford has already stated that this will be his final depiction of Indiana Jones, this is the first time Disney has declared The Dial of Destiny to be the conclusion of the saga.
Why is the Indiana Jones franchise coming to an end?
The Indiana Jones franchise is coming to an end due to the age of its hero, who, at 80 years old, is no longer interested in the physically demanding job. Ford allegedly hurt his shoulder while practising a combat sequence for Dial of Destiny, forcing production to work around his rehabilitation. By concluding with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the popular franchise will hopefully be able to go on a strong note rather than overstaying its welcome with superfluous spinoffs centred on minor characters.
According to Mangold, there are rumours of an Indiana Jones TV program in production at Disney+ that will not centre on Ford’s archaeologist. However, recent sources indicate that the series has been discontinued, which appears to be confirmed by Disney’s designation of Dial of Destiny as the franchise’s final entry. While it may come as a surprise, the official confirmation should help to raise excitement for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which will be released in theatres this summer.