There's been endless speculation about the possibility of a fifth Indiana Jones movie, but it appears the film project has officially been confirmed.
In a September 30 article in Variety about a joint online filmmaking course being offered by cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael and Wally Pfister, the magazine let slip that Kaminski's next project is the one Indy fans have been waiting for.
"...Kaminski has made more than a dozen films with Steven Spielberg, earning two Oscars along the way," the article states. "His credits include Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly. His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie."
This is the first official confirmation that such a film is in the works, after denials from Disney that they were working on something, despite acquiring the rights to the franchise from LucasFilm last December.
In fact, a rumor that the film would be rebooted and exclude Harrison Ford in favor of Bradley Cooper began circulating in March, before it was vehemently denied by the rumored reboot writer, Frank Darabont.
"This is an internet rumor with not a shred of truth in it. I have not pitched an idea for a proposed Indiana Jones movie, nor has anybody approached me with such an idea," Darabont said at the time. "The inaccurate report on Latino Review was the first I'd heard of it."
The reboot rumors also touched off a frenzy of reports that Harrison Ford wouldn't be a part of the franchise because of his age, rumors that were compounded by his broken ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII in June.
The most recent reports about Ford's involvement in the upcoming film suggest however that he will be a part of Indy 5-but will pass the torch on to a newer, younger actor for future films.
According to American Live Wire in August, Disney was considering having Ford for the fifth film in the franchise, and would have him pass the torch afterwards, since they aren't likely to make one film only. Giving Ford once last chance at the character could satisfy fans of the franchise, but allowing him to pass the role on to someone else would allow it to continue similarly to how the James Bond movie franchise has continued on for over 50 years.
That franchise, which has been steadily producing new films since 1962, has seen 23 movies starring six different actors: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all taken on the role.