The “Indiana Jones” film franchise has always revolved around three key talents – star Harrison Ford, director Steven Spielberg, and executive producer/story writer George Lucas. Now, one of those is bowing out of the upcoming fifth film in the series.
“Jurassic Park” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” scribe David Koepp has confirmed that Lucas is not involved in the project in any capacity, tellingCollider: “He’s not (involved), to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”
Lucas sold the Lucasfilm company in 2012 to Disney and had no involvement with last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which makes this little surprise but a good confirmation to have.
Kathleen Kennedy has taken over Lucasfilm but probably won’t have as much story involvement in the next Indy as Lucas had in the previous films. She and Frank Marshall will both produce.
In the same interview, Koepp spoke about the progress of the fifth film’s script and revealed the hope is to begin production in October next year:
“I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end (laughs). It’s certainly OK for me and I’ll be ready, but my schedule isn’t the tough one. So I think October – I hope, I hope so. We’ll see. That’s a hard one to answer.”
The new film is currently targeting a July 19th 2019 release date.