RUMOR: Indiana Jones 5 disastrous test screenings and Disney+ series being developed

Rumors have sprung that test screening results for Indiana Jones 5 are abysmal. Meanwhile, a prequel series is being developed for Disney+.


Indiana Jones 5 will be the final movie in the franchise, but rumors have sprung up that early test screenings have audiences disappointed with the results.

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Rumors have sprung that test screening results for Indiana Jones 5 are abysmal. Meanwhile, a prequel series is being developed for Disney+. (Images: Lucasfilm/Disney)

After 15 years since Indiana Jones and  the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford may be returning to his iconic adventurer role one last time. Most fans believed the 2008 film was the final one to have Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., with Shia LaBeouf being groomed to take over the fedora and whip.

But is the new entry already in trouble? Check out the rumors and facts about the movie and an apparent spinoff series being planned below.

According to some news outlets and Hollywood scoopers, the audience responses to Indiana Jones 5 test screenings ranged from disappointed to disgusted after watching.

The apparent negative feedback is due to Indiana Jones being replaced by the unnamed character played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Anonymous scoopers such as "Overlord DVD" have taken to social media, such as YouTube, to share what they supposedly know about the Indiana Jones 5 test audience screenings.

Speculations include multiple alternate endings being presented, but all of them end up with Phoebe Waller-Bridge effectively taking the starring role after Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones retires from his adventures. The rumors also mention that this is part of the mandate by current Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy.

Although there is no official word with regard to these test screenings, Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) has responded to these rumors.

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The rumors about the Indiana Jones 5 apparent test screenings received abysmal reactions due to the intention to replace Harrison Ford at the resolution of the multiple alternate endings.

On Twitter, the filmmaker confirmed that the movie had finished filming, but debunked the rumors that there were any test screenings, or that Phoebe Waller-Bridge would replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

Mangold has certainly big shoes to fill, as this will be the first Indiana Jones film that is not directed by Steven Spielberg nor running with a story by George Lucas. The script for Indiana Jones 5 will instead be by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterwort. Aside from Ford and Waller-Bridge, the cast of Indiana Jones 5 will include Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, and Antonio Banderas.

While the test screenings and results are, thus far, only rumors and are denied by Mangold, a separate rumor related to the Indiana Jones property has also surfaced. Sources say a spinoff series based on the Indiana Jones stories is in early development.

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Rumors about an Indiana Jones prequel spinoff for Disney+ have been circulating, but will center on Abner Ravenwood instead of the younger Henry Jones, Jr.

This would not be the first time that a TV series based on Indiana Jones was attempted. From 1992 to 1993, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles aired. Created by George Lucas, the series starred Sean Patrick Flanery in the role of the teenage to young adult version of Indiana Jones (while George Hall played the elderly version reminiscing on his experiences). The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles series ran for 28 episodes. Prior to the series, River Phoenix played a younger Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

According to TheWrap, the rumored series is being developed for Disney+ and will not focus on Indiana Jones himself. Instead, it will be a prequel about the young Abner Ravenwood. Fans of the Indiana Jones series will recognize the name as the father of Marion Ravenwood (played by Karen Allen), who is one of the mentors of Henry Jones, Jr. during his formative years.

No official word has been released to confirm the rumored Disney Plus prequel series.

Indiana Jones 5, which has yet to receive an official title, is currently slated for a June 30, 2023 theatrical release.

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