Since announcing that they were planning to go ahead with a fifth film in the Indiana Jones franchise, Lucasfilm has been pretty quiet on that front as Star Wars tends to take the forefront. At last, some bit of news might have come about the film.
According to Collider, Jonathan Kasden has reportedly been hired to replace David Koepp, who wrote 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the writer for the Steven Spielberg directed Indiana Jones 5 after Koepp was originally brought on board in 2016. If true, this is a very easy in-house move for Lucasfilm as Kasden recently co-wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story for the studio alongside his father Lawrence Kasdan who also was the writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
There is no word on if Kasden would be working off Koepp’s script or starting fresh or if he’ll indeed be writing it alone or if he’ll have a co-writer. That fits with the giant question mark surrounding the film as nothing has really been stated about where it will go or what the plans are. There are rumors that it will be a true sendoff for Harrison Ford’s character and possibly introduce someone that can take the torch from him and continue forward, after Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t really work well in that regard.
More light should be shed upon this film soon enough as production likely will begin in 2019 in order to hit the planned July 10, 2020 release date.