The fourth Indiana Jones film was not great for a lot of reasons, and one big problem was Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt Williams. Well, climb out of the fridge, because that will be rectified in the next sequel.
Screenwriter David Koepp told Entertainment Weekly work is going well on the script for the fifth film, and confirmed one piece of news that might not be the biggest surprise — but it’s still good to hear: Mutt is out in Indy 5. Koepp reaffirmed Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones (putting any rumors of a younger re-casting to rest), and made clear that LaBeouf’s character “is not in the film.” Mutt was introduced in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and it seems that will be his only adventure. Here’s hoping they unceremoniously kill him off, off-screen, or something.
He said everyone seems to be pretty happy with the story they’re looking to tell, which will find Indy looking for a precious artifact (yeah, who’d have guessed that one?). If the timing works out, Koepp said the hope is that Indiana Jones 5 can be Steven Spielberg’s next film.
Considering Ford isn’t getting any younger (he’s a spry 75-years-old), hopefully Indiana Jones 5 can make for a fitting send off to one of the most iconic characters in modern cinema. You know, before they pass the fedora over to Chris Pratt, or something.
What do you think? Are you glad to see Mutt is being retired?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)