Steven Spielberg is staying tight-lipped on the new Indiana Jones film, but does reveal one important tidbit

By Stephanie Petit
Updated June 15, 2016 07:10 PM
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Fear not, Harrison Ford fans. Indiana Jones isn’t going anywhere.

Director Steven Spielberg is remaining tight-lipped about the upcoming installment of the beloved franchise, but he did reveal one major spoiler in an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it,” Spielberg told THR, adding that he’s “super excited” about returning to the Indiana Jones franchise, with the fifth film in the series slated for release in July 2019.

Although Spielberg is eager to reunite with Ford for the movie, the acclaimed director opens up about another film he helmed that almost caused him to stop filmmaking completely: Schindler’s List.

While the film won Best Picture at the 1994 Academy Awards, the movie took an emotional toll on its director.

“I’ve never been depressed,” he tells THR. “I was sad and isolated, and as well-received and successful as that movie was, I think it was the trauma of telling the story and forming the Shoah Foundation.”

“I started to wonder: Was Schindler’s List going to be the last film I would direct?” he says.

However, he says that after some time off the desire to return to filmmaking “seized me one day like a thunderbolt.”

He might be eager to return to the director’s chair for Indiana Jones 5, but Spielberg was happy to have another man in charge of the seventh installment of Star Wars: J.J. Abrams.

“I brought J.J.’s name up,” Spielberg said. “I called J.J. and said, ‘Would you do it if it was offered to you?’ He said, ‘I would, but my wife won’t let me ’cause she doesn’t want me to restart any more franchises.’ ”

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Abrams’s wife, Katie, had little choice after Spielberg posed the question to her husband in front of her. Luckily, she supported the opportunity.

Although both Star Wars and Indiana Jones were acquired by Disney when it purchased LucasFilm in 2013, Spielberg’s first film with the Mouse will be The BFG, an animated movie hitting theaters July 1.

“I have directed films for every studio in Hollywood except for Walt Disney – until now,” he says. “Disney was truly, when I was a kid, my singular inspiration.”