Inside Indiana Jones 5 filming ‘the curse’ – the Hollywood star’s injury to production delays
The expected return of a hunky professor in Indiana Jones 5 is only a year away, but filming and production seem to be under the “curse” of delays and injuries.
Indiana Jones 5 will be released 15 years after its 2008 blockbuster The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The franchise also celebrated its 40th anniversary since its first film, 1981. The Raiders of the Lost Ark.
In 40 years of heritage, Indiana Jones has become one of the most famous characters in cinema. It’s arguably one of Hollywood’s most iconic film franchises. After Indiana Jones 5 suffered on-set injuries and filming delays, it is finally slated for release in 2023.
HITC has recapped some of the crashes, setbacks and injuries encountered as we look forward to the next 12 months.
Harrison Ford’s shoulder injury
Harrison Ford suffered an injury that halted filming for Indiana Jones last year. The actor injured his shoulder during a rehearsal for a scene at Pinewood Studios that required immediate surgery. The incident caused him to halt his filming schedules for three months.
A statement from Disney said at the time: “During rehearsal for a fight scene, Harrison Ford injured his shoulder.”
The 80-year-old returned after ten weeks and resumed all of his scenes.
However, it wasn’t the first time the actor was injured on set. According to the BBC, while filming Star Wars, he broke his leg. He was accidentally “crushed by a hydraulic door from the Millennium Falcon”. Reports at the time also claimed that he was at risk of being seriously injured in the incident.
As reported in Vanity Fair, during the 1983 filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the actor injured his back. Then during the years 1993 The fugitive, he injured his leg. It’s clear the American star is no stranger to injury as he strives to make the most of every scene. Ford racked up several injuries over his three decades in the role of Indiana Jones.
The actor falls during a chase scene
News reported that an actor fell on set during a chase scene for Indiana 5. The actor’s name was never revealed. The incident came after Harrison Ford’s shoulder injury forced him to recover for three months.
According to Cinema Blend, “an unnamed actor reportedly fell while filming a sequence where they were chasing Indiana Jones, and it required the attention of the medical team on set.”
As part of the scene, the chase included a collision with a marching band of sailors. However, the stationary actor ended up falling and injuring himself. Nevertheless, the actor did not need to take time off from filming and was able to continue filming.
Programming delays, new writers and the pandemic
The film also underwent several script changes. According to Screenrant, the film went through three different writers in three years. The changes created a conflict as production heads had already announced a release date.
Although he said in an interview that Indiana Jones 5 was ready to shoot, in a separate interview with HeyUGuys, the actor said the project was facing “planning issues and little script stuff.”
To the surprise of longtime fans, Steven Spielberg has stepped down as director. This was to leave room for “a new generation to bring their point of view to history”. As of now, James Mangold, who has also directed Marvel movies, has taken his place.
Then the pandemic hit and because of covid-19, filming was affected and the scenes were incomplete. For this reason, Disney has decided to suspend filming indefinitely. The film then announced a new release date, July 19, 2022.
However, the continuity of the covid-19 pandemic caused Disney to decide to push back the release of Indiana Jones 5 for another year. Indiana Jones 5 is now slated to hit theaters on June 30, 2023.
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