Indiana Jones TV Series Targeted for Disney+ (EXCLUSIVE)

Disney is actively seeking to develop an Indiana Jones TV show for Disney+, diversity only learned from sources.

The Mouse House and Lucasfilm have specifically raised the possibility of a streaming show set in the world of the world-spanning archaeologist in general meetings with writers recently, sources say. They’re still looking for a writer to take on the project, so plot details aren’t available. Given that, it’s unknown if a series would serve as a prequel or spin-off to the film franchise, or tie into the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film, much like Disney has tied its Marvel shows into the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+.

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The move to potentially develop an Indiana Jones show comes as Harrison Ford has stated he’s done playing the character after the fifth film, due out in 2023. Also, sources say Disney is currently reviewing a number of options to keep the franchise, which could mean a series, new films, other media, or a combination of these.

Lucasfilm officials declined to comment.

Should a series go ahead, it wouldn’t be the first show about Indiana Jones to air. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles aired on ABC for two seasons from 1992-1993, with four television specials airing on The Family Channel (now Freeform) between 1994-1996. Ford had a cameo appearance in one episode, but the show mostly focused on the character’s early years, with Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier playing him at different times in his life. George Hall played an older Jones and booked every episode.

Indiana Jones is one of the most recognizable pop culture figures of all time. Ford has played him in four blockbuster films 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 directing the first four films in the franchise. The fifth film is directed by James Mangold. Combined, the four films have grossed nearly $1.3 billion worldwide.

The idea that Disney would want to build a show around Indiana Jones isn’t entirely surprising. The media group has been harvesting the best-known IP from its catalog for years to build its streaming platform. In addition to the successful launch of its Marvel shows, Disney+ also currently 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.

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