Indiana Jones 5 may be the last film to feature a soundtrack by John Williams. The legendary artist shared the possibility in a phone interview with the Associated Press yesterday, telling the news agency that he has considered making the fifth installment of Lucasfilm’s premier adventure franchise the final bullet point on his extensive and acclaimed film resume, one that is already populated with timeless themes for franchises that include Jaws, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park. Williams’ thoughts about a potential retirement were prompted by Harrison Ford, who has reportedly announced that Indiana Jones 5 will be his final film. Williams is 90 years old, while Ford will be celebrating his 80th birthday next month on July 13. Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for release on June 30, 2023.
“At the moment I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a bit younger than I am — I think has announced will be his last film,” Williams said. “So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”
Ford, for the record, hasn’t said that publicly. And Williams, who turned 90 in February, isn’t absolutely certain he’s ready to, either.
“I don’t want to be seen as categorically eliminating any activity,” Williams says with a chuckle, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. “I can’t play tennis, but I like to be able to believe that maybe one day I will.”
Right now, though, there are other ways Williams wants to be spending his time. A “Star Wars” film demands six months of work, which he notes, “at this point in life is a long commitment to me.” Instead, Williams is devoting himself to composing concert music, including a piano concerto he’s writing for Emanuel Ax.