Jurassic Park, Crystal Skull writer signs on to script Spielberg's Indiana Jones 5

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Mar 21, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Following this week's official announcement of Steven Spielberg re-teaming with Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones 5 in 2019 comes hot news of A-list screenwriter David Koepp being brought on board this all-star project to pen the script. If this name sounds familiar, you're right.

Koepp is a card-carrying member of Spielberg's creative posse, writing the screenplays for Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and the ill-received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was based on a treatment by George Lucas and drafts by Jeff Nathanson (so hopefully he's not entirely to blame for that mess). 

In addition to working with Spielberg, Koepp also crafted the scripts of Mission Impossible, Stir of Echoes, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Angels and Demons. While one can't argue the resume isn't impressive, one mention of Indy bottled up in a refrigerator to survive a nuke test in Crystal Skull or the birds perched atop the Martian tripods ending of War of the Worlds might make you temporarily cringe.

No word on what time period or format Indy 5 may follow, but due to Ford's advancing age (73), some framing device may be used to drift back to more adventurous times. 


This isn't really a surprise choice, but what do you think of Koepp's handiwork, and are you glad a seasoned screenwriter is trying to steering the Indy franchise back to sincerity?

(Via Heat Vision)