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Indiana Jones 5 moved back to a 2021 release date

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Jul 10, 2018, 4:10 PM EDT (Updated)

The man in the hat won't be back on the big screen until at least 2021. Though the as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie had been slated for a July 2020 release date, it has been pushed back a full year to 2021, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.

The reason for the delay has been attributed to issues with the script. This aligns with the recent reports that Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan had been hired to take over the script from David Koepp, though it's unclear if this was a total re-write or just a simple punch-up of the material.

Though Disney first announced a fifth Indiana Jones movie way back in 2015, the project hasn't moved out of the planning stages since then. Things didn't really start to take shape until the beginning of the year, when Steven Spielberg announced he wanted to helm Indie's fifth outing as a director, with Harrison Ford reprising his other signature role. Filming was set to begin in 2019, and would be followed by a 2020 release date.

While details about the movie are scarce, Koepp had previously stated the initial script didn't feature Shia LaBeouf's Mutt Williams. That's unlikely to change with any re-writes, given that LaBeouf seemingly burned his bridges with Spielberg in the wake of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

It's also (almost) certain that this will be the first Indiana Jones installment that won't have any input from George Lucas, who co-created the franchise with Spielberg in 1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

At the very least, we can probably count on the fact that this fifth Indiana Jones outing won't involve any aliens from outer space. So, there's that.

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