As the venerable Dr. Henry Walton Jones packs his train case and updates his passport to embark on a new adventure sometime very soon, development on Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming Indiana Jones 5 may be turning a corner — if a new report about a major creative shakeup turns out to be correct.
Citing “multiple” unnamed sources, Collider reports that Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Jonathan Kasdan is replacing David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) as screenwriter for the still-untitled fifth installment. The report doesn’t mention the circumstances surrounding Koepp’s reported departure, and the details are super-light without any confirmation from Disney and Lucasfilm.
How extensive Kasdan’s involvement will be with the Indiana Jones 5 script still isn’t known, the report claims. “We aren’t sure if he’s rewriting Koepp’s existing script, or merely doing a two-week polish, or if he’s starting completely from scratch,” Collider states.
“…We also don’t know when Koepp left the project or when Kasdan was hired, be it before or after Solo opened below expectations, so it’s possible that he has been working on Indy 5 for some time now.”
Jonathan Kasdan penned the Solo screenplay alongside his father, Star Wars screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan. The report mentions, but doesn’t speculate, on whether Lucasfilm might also be tapping the elder Kasdan, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, for assistance on the new script.
Spielberg is returning to direct the fifth Indiana Jones movie with Harrison Ford, now 75 years young, once again in the title role. Shooting on the project is expected to begin in April of 2019, with Lucasfilm targeting a release window for the summer of 2020. That puts Indiana Jones 5 on a similar timeline with the very busy Spielberg’s other, concurrent directing project: a remake of the 1961 musical West Side Story.