Indiana Jones 5: Everything we know about the movie so far
In the upcoming fifth episode of the Indiana Jones franchise, which is expected to begin shooting in 2020, the most popular archaeologist of all time will return to the big screen. The sequel - unofficially known as Indiana Jones 5 - will Harrison Ford as Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones with franchise inventor George Lucas on board as executive producer.
Since the movie is scheduled to hit theaters on July 9, 2021, you'll find everything we know about Indiana Jones 5 here.
Title: Indiana Jones 5 (unofficial)
Release DATE: July 9, 2021
Starring: Harrison Ford
Directed by TBD
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New director, old approach
During a “Quarantine Watch Party” of his film Logan, director James Mangold discussed his approach to the new Indiana Jones film.
"I always try to find an emotional center from which I can operate," he said. “I think the most important thing is that at a time when franchises have become commodities, the same thing is served again. At least for me, in the dances I've had with any franchise company, serving the same thing in the same way usually only creates a longing when you have eaten it for the first time. That means that an audience wishes they had the first one again. So you have to bring something to a new place and at the same time remember the main reasons why everyone was gathered. "
He contextualized this point by referring to the film he was watching at the time: “And to use Logan as an example if you're in a world with a very pressurized franchise - for all things, and there were many that I freed myself in the canon, in my luggage, to try and write the best story - the core values of Logan, Wolverine, Charles Xavier and the X-Men were something I thought we never would have given up. The core ideas of their honor, their sense of duty and the uniqueness of this particular group of characters they were outcast were curios. Beings who had no home in this world and yet tried to do good. We tried to do something right and find their way. These key issues were the focus of the film. And in every franchise that I include, I would always try to capture and ensure the core ideas that are at the center, because that's why these stories are more than just franchises. They are the fairy tales of our contemporary culture. "
No more Spielberg
According to Variety, Steven Spielberg has stepped down from the director's chair for the fifth Indiana Jones film. Spielberg will stick to the project as a producer, while Harrison Ford will continue to return as the title hero.
Spielberg was behind the camera on all four previous films, at least two of which were central to American filmmaking.
The fifth episode of the franchise has been in the purgatory of development since Lucasfilm in 2016. Ford previously commented on the importance of the entire production team for a great film.
Variety reports that James Mangold (Logan) is in talks to take over the franchise and give it a new look, but he hasn't officially signed up. Between Ford's recent comments on "Planning Issues" and "Screenplay Matters" and Spielberg's resignation, the release date in July 2021 appears to be at least somewhat at risk.
Take your time
In an interview with HeyUGuys, Ford preached caution and care when shooting another Indiana Jones film.
"I don't really want to give them what they want to see, I want to give them something they didn't expect," said Ford. "You're used to a certain amount of disappointment when you visit them again. Certainly the Marvel films made a spectacular example of a success that worked the other way round, they killed it! Well, we won't make another Indiana Jones if we are unable to kill him. We want it to be the best. We have some planning issues and some scripting tasks to do, but we are determined to get them right before we create them. "
If this interview is a clue, Ford seems determined to stop making another crystal skull. Fans of the famous archaeologist were largely disappointed with the fourth film in the Indy series, although it had risen to $ 786 million at the global box office.
Details of the Indiana Jones 5 storyline are rare, but one thing is certain: it won't be a restart.
Lucasfilm's president, Kathleen Kennedy, confirmed that the film will be the next chapter in the Indiana Jones saga when she spoke to the BBC in February. Kennedy stated that the script was still being worked on and said, "Yes, it is not a restart. It is a sequel."
In June 2018, experienced screenwriter David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jurassic Park) was reportedly replaced by Jonathan Kasdan, another frequent contributor to Spielberg (and Disney). The script then returned to Koepp later that year. However, Koepp revealed in an interview with Collider that when Spielberg left the film and was replaced by James Mangold, Koepp also stepped down to give Mangold his own look at the script.
Hunter of the lost treasure
The extent of Kasdan's role in the project is unknown, and he might just have given a polish from Koepp's original screenplay. Kasdan's father, Lawrence Kasdan, wrote the screenplay for the first film in the franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The younger Kasdan wrote the screenplay for Disney and Lucasfilm's spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Regarding the content of the story, franchise producer Frank Marshall previously stated that the fifth film will be a continuation of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull events rather than a kind of restart or prequel. One thing that has also been confirmed is that we won't see Ford's cult character killed.
"The only thing I'm going to tell you is that I won't end up killing Harrison [Ford]," Spielberg said in an interview in June 2016 about his plans for the film.
When Ford attended the opening of the Star Wars theme park in Disneyland in June, he stated that he expected filming of the still-unnamed sequel to Indiana Jones to begin sometime in 2020.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said to Variety. "Things are going well."
Previously, Spielberg stated that filming would begin in April 2019 in the UK just to postpone that date indefinitely.
"It's always worth a trip when I work with this deep UK talent bank," he said. "The actor and crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers - everyone who helped me make my films here and who will continue to help me make my films here when I return in April 2019 to to make the fifth Indiana Jones film right here. "
The only confirmed cast member is Ford, but Indiana Jones' next adventure will likely be his last performance as a character.
"I'm pretty sure this will be Harrison Ford's last Indiana Jones film, but he'll surely go on after that," Spielberg told The Sun.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
As for who will pick up the Fedora after Ford, Spielberg said it was time for the character to "take a different form" and expressed his willingness to take on a female lead role in the title role. "We would have to change the name from" Jones "to" Joan "," he joked. "And there was nothing wrong with that."
Various actors from the four previous films have expressed interest in returning to the fifth part of the franchise, but official confirmations have so far been difficult to obtain.
What is certain is that the Crystal Skull actor Shia LaBeouf will not repeat his role for the new film. LaBeouf played Mutt Williams, the son of Indiana, with Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) in the Crystal Skull 2008.
"Harrison plays Indiana Jones, I can say for sure," Koepp said in September 2017. "And the Shia LaBeouf character is not included in the film."
Franchise actor John Rhys-Davies told Digital Spy in February 2016 that if the character played a "meaningful" role in the film, he would be ready to repeat his role as Sallah in the next film. Previously, he declined a role in Crystal Skull because the character's role was suggested in this film.
Karen Allen also stated that she hopes to play a role in the new film for her franchise character Marion, who appeared in both Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Crystal Skull.
The five-time Oscar winner John Williams has composed the score for all four films in the series up to this point and will repeat this role for the fifth part of the franchise. Spielberg confirmed Williams' commitment in June 2016 at an American Film Institute event in honor of Williams.
Break! At the @AmericanFilm Tribute #StevenSpielberg confirmed that #JohnWilliams #IndianaJones will score 5! pic.twitter.com/2RKGsbeonj
- Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz), June 10, 2016
Williams will try to repeat the success he had with the first three Indiana Jones films, each of which received Oscar nominations for their scores. This run ended with the much-slandered fourth film, which received no nomination.
Updated June 16, 2020: It has been added that David Koepp will no longer write the screenplay.
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