Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has provided an update on the status of Indiana Jones 5.
While speaking to The BBC News, Kennedy stated that the upcoming film was not a reboot:
“We’re working away, getting the script where we want it to be and then we’ll be ready to go,”
“Harrison Ford will be involved, yeah. It’s not a reboot, it’s a continuation.”
Along with that, Kennedy said that Ford couldn’t wait to get started on the project.
The last installment of the Indiana Jones franchise came in 2008 with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The film released to a… mixed reaction and its quality still debated about to this day. Some thought the film was an absolute blast, while others thought it was an unnecessary installment to the franchise. Let’s not even get into Shia LaBeouf’s character. We would probably be here all day.
The Film’s Troubled Development So Far
Regardless, rumors of Indiana Jones 5 popped up shortly after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull hit theaters, and it’s kind of been in development hell until around 2015/2016 when things began to pick up. Ultimately, delays, rewrites, and scheduling conflicts played a vital role in the muddy development in the upcoming film so far.
Fast-forwarding to more recent news, writer David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) has returned to the film’s production and is seemingly set to write the script. Here’s what he told Den of Geek back in September:
“I’m working on it again. We’re still trying. And I think we’ve got a good idea this time. We’ll see.”
Hopefully, all of those previous issues are in the past, and we can look forward to seeing Harrison Ford as the iconic adventurer once again next year.
As of now, Indiana Jones 5 is set to hit theaters on July 9th, 2021. The film will star Harrison Ford with Steven Spielberg back in the director’s chair.
What are your thoughts on Indiana Jones 5? Are you excited to see it? Or do you think it is another unnecessary installment? Let us know in the comments below!