Indiana Jones Franchise Will Never Be Rebooted According To Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford has revealed that his upcoming appearance in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would be the final time that Indy will be seen in a film

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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After bowing out of Star Wars in 2015’s The Force Awakens (save for a brief cameo in The Rise of Skywalker), Harrison Ford is ready to say farewell to another franchise that helped launch him to stardom. Recently speaking to Total Film, the actor revealed that his upcoming appearance in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny would be the final time that the titular archaeologist with an addiction to adventure will be seen in a film. With the feature set to be one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, up against titles including The Flash and Barbie, Ford is hoping to give a proper send-off to his beloved character.

During his sit down, the Indiana Jones star said that not only was it going to be “the final film in the series,” but that he was certain it would be the very last chance for audiences to see him don the character’s iconic fedora. Shooting down whispers of a reboot (perhaps even one starring Chris Pratt), Harrison Ford said, “I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film.” With Ford’s final wishes for the franchise to not go on without him, it seems more than likely that no young whipper-snapper will be picking up Indy’s bullwhip in the future.

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Continuing with his thought, Ford had nothing but good things to say about his decades-long run as the legendary Indiana Jones, grateful that after over 10 years of waiting, the stars finally aligned for the fifth film to be made. “It was a joyous moment for me,” Ford recalls of the day that things for Dial of Destiny were made official, adding that he’s grateful for having been given the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on so many stellar projects. 

As for what audiences can expect from Indiana Jones’ dance with destiny, Ford teases that his final performance will not go out “with a whimper, but a bang.” When it comes to long-running productions and franchises, Ford knows that he’s lucky to be ending on such a positive note, commenting that it “has been my greatest ambition for this excursion.”

While Ford knows that he’s finished with the character and hopes that the studio doesn’t have any plans to reboot it with another actor stepping into the role of Indiana Jones, it was reported at the tail end of last year that Disney+ was eyeing up a TV series based around the character. No further news surrounding the series has come from the studio or streamer with Ford commenting that should it take place, he would absolutely not be involved in it.

But, when it comes to a franchise like Indiana Jones, there’s a lot of money to be made so there’s always the chance that even without the titular character, a spinoff series or film could eventually go into production. Dial of Destiny will introduce audiences to Indy’s goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) who could be setting the stage for her own takeover. And then there’s the case of Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams, Indy’s son who was last spotted in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. While he won’t appear in the upcoming feature, we do know that it will tell us whatever happened to the aspiring adventurer.

As for the plot of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, it throws Indy and Helena into the middle of the space race with our hero fighting off none other than Nazis. Along with Ford and Waller-Bridge, audiences can expect to see the talents of Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, Thomas Kretschmann, and Boyd Holbrook along with John Rhys-Davies who will be reprising his role as Sallah.