We’re still three years away from its currently scheduled release date, but there has been some preliminary work done on a fifth “Indiana Jones” film and screenwriter David Koepp has offered a brief update on the project’s status.
Talking to EW, Koepp has confirmed that Shia LaBeouf’s character Mutt Williams, who was introduced in the previous film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” will not be returning for the next entry:
“Harrison plays Indiana Jones, that I can certainly say… and the Shia LaBeouf character is not in the film. We’re plugging away at it. In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Ford… I know we’ve got a script we’re mostly happy with. Work will be endless, of course, and ongoing, and Steven just finished shooting The Post… If the stars align, hopefully it’ll be his next film.”
Asked what the goal of the new film will be, Keopp plays it coy – simply saying: “Some precious artifact that they’re all looking for.” Disney does plan on continuing the franchise beyond the fifth installment, though whether it will be a reboot is unclear at this point.
Steven Spielberg directed all four previous films and is expected back for the fifth as well, while Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce.