Following the 1980s trilogy, Steven Spielberg brought Harrison Ford’s archaeologist adventurer back to the big screen in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Despite being a box office smash, the film is often derided by movie fans as being inferior to its predecessors. Nevertheless, we’re getting an Indiana Jones 5 with the original star already signed on.
Disney, who own Lucasfilm, originally announced a fifth film with Spielberg directing for summer 2019.
However, Indiana Jones 5 just keeps getting delayed, with the film now set to open in cinemas in July 2022.
Assuming this release date doesn’t move (which it could in a pandemic), Ford will be 80-years-old when it finally releases.
To complicate matters further, Spielberg – who directed the previous four movies – will now only produce the movie.
Koepp didn’t want to be the old director’s writer for the new director, adding “That’s a drag”.
Nevertheless, after one polite conversation with Mangold, they parted ways.
As for what’s happening with the Indiana Jones 5 script now is anyone’s guess.
But since Mangold’s Logan script was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars, it would make sense for him to give to a go.
After all, Logan was a very different Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman dramatically bowing out as the X-Men character in his final outing.
With Ford almost 80-years-old, no doubt Indiana Jones 5 could be something similar.
Let’s just hope COVID doesn’t see the movie pushed back yet again to summer 2023.
Indiana Jones 5 is set for release in UK cinemas on July 29, 2022.