For more than 40 years, Harrison Ford has been playing one of the most famous archaeologists of all time — Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones. In his time as Jones, Ford has taken viewers on adventures to recover the Ark of the Covenant, find a mystical stone, save children from a dangerous cult, and save his father — played by Sean Connery — who was kidnapped during his search for the Holy Grail.
The incredibly successful franchise consists of four movies — Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Disney is currently working on a fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, but rumors are swirling that Disney is also interested in developing a Disney+ series based on Indy.
News of the series was revealed in an exclusive report from Variety:
The Mouse House and Lucasfilm have specifically been bringing up the possibility of a streaming show set in the world of the globe trotting archaeologist in general meetings with writers of late, sources say. They are still looking for a writer to take on the project, thus no plot details are available. Given that, it is unknown if a series would serve as a prequel to or spinoff of the film franchise, or if it would tie into the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones film, similar to how Disney has tied its Marvel shows on Disney+ into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Neither a representative for Disney nor LucasFilm — the creator of Indiana Jones — commented on the report.
If Disney were to develop an Indiana Jones series for Disney+, it is unlikely that Harrison Ford would be a part of it. Ford has stated publicly that this fifth film would be his last time playing Dr. Jones. This would also not be the first time the Indiana Jones franchise has been turned into a series. In the early 90s, ABC aired The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Four made-for-television specials aired from 1994 through 1996.
This would not be the first series that Disney developed based on popular IP. In fact, that has become something incredibly common at Disney. Marvel and Star Wars have proven particularly successful for Disney, and a number of shows have been developed from those, including WandaVision, Loki, Andor, The Book of Boba Fett, and more.