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A new Indiana Jones film is in the works, Lucasfilm confirms

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Disney and Lucasfilm will make a fifth Indiana Jones film eventually, although they're "not quite sure" when, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed in an interview with Vanity Fair.

A new Indiana Jones movie "will one day be made inside this company," said Kennedy. "We haven't started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it."

Disney bought Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion in October 2012. The deal included the rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, although Paramount Pictures retained marketing and film distribution rights until Disney acquired them as well in December 2013. Back then, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told Variety that "we haven't done anything" with Indiana Jones because "we don't have a story."

George Lucas created Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. in the early 1970s, and later introduced the character to Steven Spielberg, who would go on to direct all four films. The series kicked off in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by 1984's Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After a 19-year hiatus, the franchise returned in 2008 with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Rumors of a fifth Indiana Jones film have persisted for years. Actors such as Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper have reportedly been discussed as possible replacements for Harrison Ford, who will turn 73 this year.

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