Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that the highly-anticipated Indiana Jones 5, titled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, will be the longest film in the franchise’s history. The announcement was made during Star Wars Celebration, an event held by Lucasfilm to celebrate all things Star Wars.
Kathleen Kennedy told Collider that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be around 2 hours and 22 minutes long, surpassing the previous franchise record holder, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which had a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes.
The decision to make Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny may be influenced by the rise of long-form storytelling in the streaming space. Kennedy noted that while the earlier Indiana Jones films were shorter, the trend towards longer movies may be a reflection of audiences’ desire for more in-depth and immersive storytelling.
However, Kathleen Kennedy also acknowledged that there is a limit to how long a movie can be before it starts to feel tedious. “God knows, this year there were so many three hour-plus movies that I felt I wasn’t getting any work done, trying to see them!” she joked.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel. The movie serves as a continuation of the Indiana Jones series, which first began with Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981.
The future of Indiana Jones
In addition to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Disney and Lucasfilm are also developing a new series set within the same world as the films. The series is being envisioned as a prequel to 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a young version of Abner Ravenwood taking on a central role. Abner is the father of Karen Allen’s Marion Ravenwood and the mentor of Indiana Jones.
If the television series ends up moving forward, the Indiana Jones franchise would be returning to the small screen for the first time since the 1990s. Indy was previously the face of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on ABC, as well as four television specials from the Family Channel, the network that is now known as Freeform. Harrison Ford made an apppearance in one episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which also starred Sean Patrick Flanery, Corey Carrier and George Hall, with the four actors playing the titular hero across various stages of his life.
Directed by James Mangold, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson and Toby Jones. Mangold co-wrote the script alongside Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is currently slated to hit theaters on June 30, 2023. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the movie and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!