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Report: Steven Spielberg shooting Indiana Jones 5 next, eyeing 2020 release date

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Oct 2, 2020, 4:16 AM EDT (Updated)

What’s that sound? Why, it’s Steven Spielberg cracking Indiana Jones’ whip as work gets underway on the fifth installment in the franchise.

While it had previously been rumored that the legendary director was circling the project as his next gig, now The Hollywood Reporter claims that it will begin filming next year.

Insiders tell the publication that Indiana Jones 5 will start shooting in 2019 with a view to being released in 2020, with Spielberg at the helm.

There’s no further details yet on the project, but Deadline previously reported that Spielberg was interested in bringing Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt into the mix, to star alongside Indy himself, Harrison Ford.

The project will of course be following up the three classic films from 1980s, as well as the mixed bag that was 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Ford has long expressed his interest in doing another movie, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2008: “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”

Meanwhile Spielberg, it seems, is showing absolutely zero signs of slowing down. While there had been a slight panic over whether the director was choosing between another Indy movie and a remake of West Side Story, it has now emerged that he fully intends to take on both – with Indy coming first.

Per THR, Spielberg has also this week started work on West Side Story by recruiting Spanish-speaking actors with the help of his longtime producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. The report even says that insiders close to the director haven’t ruled out Spielberg jumping onto a third, smaller project amid juggling Indy and West Side Story. We’re getting exhausted just thinking about that.

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