Disney is actively looking to develop an Indiana Jones TV show for Disney+, Variety have learned exclusively from sources.
The Mouse House and Lucasfilm have specifically broached the possibility of a streaming show set in the world of the globe trotting archaeologist in general meetings with writers recently, sources say. They are still looking for a writer to take on the project, so no plot details are available. Given that, it is unknown if a series will serve as a prequel to or spinoff of the film franchise, or if it will tie into the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film, similar to how Disney has tied its Marvel shows on Disney+ into the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
The move to potentially develop an Indiana Jones show comes as Harrison Ford has stated that he is done playing the character after the fifth film, due out in 2023. In addition, sources say that Disney is currently exploring a number of options to keep the franchise goes, which could mean a series, new movies, other media, or a combination of these.
Reps for Lucasfilm declined to comment.
Should a series go ahead, it wouldn’t be the first Indiana Jones show to air. “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” aired for two seasons on ABC from 1992-1993, with four specials airing on The Family Channel (now Freeform) between 1994 and 1996. Ford appeared in one episode, but the show focused primarily on the early years of the character with Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier playing him at different points in his life. George Hall played an older Jones, booking every episode.
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic pop culture characters of all time. Ford has played him in four blockbusters to date – ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Temple of Doom’, ‘The Last Crusade’ and ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. George Lucas and Philip Kaufman created the character, with Stephen Spielberg having directed the first four films in the franchise. The fifth film is directed by James Mangold. Together, the four films have grossed nearly $1.3 billion worldwide.
The idea that Disney wants a show built around Indiana Jones isn’t entirely surprising. The media conglomerate has been harvesting the best-known IP from its catalog to build its streaming platform for years now. In addition to the successful launch of the Marvel shows, Disney+ currently also has several live-action “Star Wars” series on its roster, including the hit series “The Mandalorian.” Other examples include “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” as well as upcoming shows like “Willow” and “The Muppets Mayhem.”