Last month came the news that Lucasfilm was finally moving forward with a fifth film in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, one which Steven Spielberg will direct from a script by “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” writer David Koepp.
No further information was revealed at the time, but now producer Frank Marshall has revealed to Variety that the story will continue on from where ‘Crystal Skull’ left off and won’t be a prequel as previously rumored. Whether it will pick up any of the threads left by the last film – Indy’s marriage, Indy’s son Mutt Williams, etc. is unclear.
One thing that Marshall does clearly spell out though is that you shouldn’t expect anyone else to step in and take over the title role – he has little desire for a reboot: “It’s all about the story. I think both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones, we are not going to do the Bond thing. We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that.”
Disney is currently targeting a July 19th 2019 release. Spielberg has both “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” and “Ready Player One” to film first before he begins production on the next story of Dr. Jones.