Action hero Indiana Jones is coming back for a fifth time to theaters, although it will be a bit of a longer wait than expected. Recent reports suggest that "Indiana Jones 5" is now delayed due to some schedule issues. However, there will be a lot of other Movies in the interim from Disney and Lucasfilm, and other studios. Here's the latest on why fans will have to wait an extra year to see Indy in action.

New 'Indiana Jones' release date

Previously, the "Indiana Jones 5" film was set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020. However, the Hollywood Reporter recently reported that the film will be pushed back until July 9, 2021.

Fans waited quite a while for the fourth film, so they'll probably be ok with waiting again for the fifth release in the series.

The reason for the delay is due to the fact that Disney and Lucasfilm have had to shift their production schedule. It was originally supposed to start in April 2019 in the United Kingdom, but sources are saying that the schedule won't work. With production pushed back, that pushes back the eventual movie release.

The previous Indiana Jones movie was "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which arrived in theaters in 2008. That was nearly 20 years after "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" hit theaters. George Lucas had felt the third film would end the series. However, the series was resurrected just like other series have been rebooted.

"Crystal Skull" featured Harrison Ford, as well as Shia Labeouf in the role of Indy's younger sidekick.

The movie didn't sit well with some critics and fans but still managed to make bank at the box office. It racked up over $700 million worldwide. As seen with franchises like "Fast & Furious," box office success means add more movies to the series.

New Indiana Jones movie details

Award-winning director Steven Spielberg returns to helm the movie. As far as the writing goes, originally writer David Koepp was working on the film but left for an unknown reason. That meant the production team needed to bring in someone else. In Koepp's place will be Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Lawrence Kasdan.

Jonathan was responsible for writing the script on "Solo: A Star Wars Story," and now he'll be working on the new "Indiana Jones 5" script.

It's unknown what the plot will be for the fifth "Indiana Jones" movie. However, it's been reported that actor Harrison Ford should be back to reprise his role as the main hero. However, due to his age, it's going to be unlikely that he is doing a lot of his own stunts. He did a bunch for "Crystal Skull" and some for "Force Awakens," but is now 75 years old. By the time the movie hits, Ford will be nearing 80.

As fans saw in his recent portrayal of Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Ford was in there mostly for fan service and ultimately looks like he won't be back for the franchise.

The Han Solo and Indiana Jones characters are easily the two most iconic roles on Ford's acting resume. That's why it makes sense for him to return again. Ford had also hinted at Han Solo's return in the past.

That has many fans speculating that "Indiana Jones 5" will allow Ford to help transition a younger actor into the title role, or maybe help launch a spin-off for the franchise. Fans will have to wait about three years in order to see whether that could be the case or if they will finally wrap up the series.