Indiana Jones 5 is being delayed yet again. Jonathan Kasdan, son of Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan, will be writing a new draft of the film, according to Variety. David Keopp was writing a previous version of the script, but is no longer available as he is focusing on directing You Should Have Left for Blumhouse. Jonathan Kasdan co-wrote this summer’s Solo: A Star Wars Story with his father Lawrence. Keopp wrote the previous entry in the Indy series, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford are returning for the sequel, with George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall acting as producers. John Williams will also be returning to compose the score. Indy 5 will likely be Harrison Ford’s last film as Indiana Jones, according to Spielberg in an interview with The Sun. Spielberg goes on to say that the franchise will continue after the fifth film, and doesn’t rule out the possibility of a woman taking over the lead role.
Indiana Jones 5 was first announced by Disney and Lucasfilm in March 2016 with a July 19, 2019 release date. Last year, it was pushed back to July 10, 2020. With Kasdan writing a new draft, the film won’t be making its 2020 release date. Filming was supposed to begin in April 2019 in the UK, but production will now have to be pushed back by several months, if not a year. It’s possible that Indy 5 could be released in 2021 at the earliest.
Spielberg also has a packed schedule as of late. He is currently in preproduction on his West Side Story remake, which held open casting calls for its leads back in April. Additionally, Spielberg has signed on to direct a feature film adaptation of World War II comic book Blackhawk for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Spielberg is still expected to direct The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a historical drama with Mark Rylance.
When The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012, they were granted ownership rights to the Indiana Jones intellectual property. Disney purchased the remaining distribution and marketing rights for future Indy films in December 2013, though Paramount still owns the distribution rights to the first four films in the series.
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