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'Indiana Jones' Delayed Until Harrison Ford's 77

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 08:30 AM

The fifth "Indiana Jones" movie has been delayed until 2020, returning Harrison Ford's globe-trotting archeologist to the big screen when the actor is 77.

The announcement of a new release date for the "Indiana Jones" film, which will reunite Ford with famed director Steve Spielberg, came Tuesday as Disney announced a new shuffled schedule for upcoming films, Variety reported. "Indiana Jones 5" was originally slated for release on July 19, 2019, but now will hit theaters on July 10, 2020.

"Director Steven Spielberg still has several projects on his dance card, including 'Ready Player One,' a big-screen adaptation of a best-selling science-fiction novel, and a drama about the Pentagon Papers with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep," noted Variety writers Brent Lang and Maane Khatchatourian.

"The delay also gives the filmmakers more time to cook up a script that both Spielberg and Harrison Ford approve of, though it does mean that the action star will be in his late seventies when the film opens. By that point many globe-trotting adventurers would be forgiven for thinking about retirement," Variety continued.

According to The Wrap, Spielberg has talked about the importance of having Ford in the Indiana Jones role rather than recasting for a younger actor.

"It's certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman," Spielberg said, noted The Wrap. "There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that's Harrison Ford."

Ford, 74, has had his challenges on set. During the filming of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2014 at London's Pinewood Studios, Ford was crushed by a hydraulic door on the studio stage's Millennium Falcon, noted The Guardian.

Ford suffered several injuries, including a broken left leg, forcing him to miss time on the set. The Foodles production company was fined $2 million last year for health and safety breaches in connection with the accident, The Guardian reported.

The last series remake, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008 was directed by Spielberg and returned Karen Allen, who costarred in the original "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

It made $317 million domestically and another $469.5 million overseas, according to Box Office Mojo.

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