“Indiana Jones 5” has officially been delayed.
Disney pushed back the film’s release a year to July 9, 2021. Variety first reported late last month that the Harrison Ford-starrer would miss its 2020 launch date. The return of the action hero has been halted following issues with the script. The studio also dated Dwayne Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise” for Oct. 11, 2019 and slated Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent 2” for May 29, 2020.
Steven Spielberg is still attached to direct the fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, with Ford reprising his starring role. The feature is one of several franchise reboots commissioned by Disney since the studio giant purchased Lucasfilm.
Jonathan Kasdan, son of Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” will join the project to draft a new script for the movie after original writer David Koepp left the feature to direct Blumhouse’s “You Should Have Left.”
Disney also renamed the sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph.” The animated film’s original title, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” has since been simplified to “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Meanwhile, “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, will be flying to theaters a week early. The holiday feature, which was expected to debut on Dec. 25, 2018, will now open on Dec. 19.
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Also on the docket is a new, untitled Marvel movie, which is receiving a significant time bump. The superhero tentpole, originally slated for release on July 30, 2021, will now open on Feb. 12, 2021, with another untitled live-action Disney pic set to take its original time slot.