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It was only a matter of time before Indiana Jones whipped himself into shape to swing back onto the big screen for another major movie spectacle. It's been 11 years since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made its way into theaters around the world, and it is safe to say that the fourth film is not everyone's favorite installment. Hopefully, whenever Indiana Jones 5 inevitably comes along, it'll serve as a more fitting finale for one of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. For now, however, let's take a look at what we know about Indiana Jones' long-promised sequel.
Details are obviously very limited when it comes to this new installment. But ever since plans were announced regarding a fifth Indiana Jones movies, there have been some tidbits and small nuggets of information that give us an idea of what we might expect for this brand-new blockbuster sequel.
What Is The Release Date For Indiana Jones 5?
This is the million dollar question when it comes to Indiana Jones 5. The sequel was first announced around 2016, but it has been delayed several times by now, and the release date keeps getting pushed back in the process. Understandably, everyone is busy and nobody wants to make a sequel that's below their usual standards. (Not again, at least.) So, for now, Indiana Jones 5 is set to be released on July 9th, 2021. But, it's hard to know for sure if this release date will stick. It's ultimately a matter of whether or not the filmmakers and the actors involved can make it work in a timely fashion.
Who Is Directing Indiana Jones 5?
Indiana Jones wouldn't be the same without Steven Spielberg at the helm. The Academy Award-winning director has led all four movies to date, and it sounds like Indiana Jones 5 will be no exception. He is currently attached to direct the latest sequel in the ever-growing franchise, though when he'll get a chance to call the shots is unclear. He's currently in post-production in his latest movie, 2020's remake of West Side Story, but the world-famous filmmaker is known to make more than one movie at a time.
Currently, Spielberg is attached to direct The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, as well as any number of other movies that pique his interest, but if Disney can convince him to do Indiana Jones 5 first, that will really help to get the ball rolling.
Who Is Writing Indiana Jones 5?
When it comes to the writing process for Indiana Jones 5, it's admittedly a bit of a free-for-all. Earlier in the process, David Koepp, who wrote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was attached to write the screenplay. But, it was later announced that it was Jonathan Kasdan, the screenwriter for Solo: A Star Wars Story alongside his father, Lawrence Kasdan, who have a hand in shaping up the script.
Before that, it was revealed that A Quiet Place screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods were being sought out for either this project or a new Star Wars movie. It was then revealed that producer Frank Marshall was assembling a bit of a "writer's room" to collect ideas. It was then rumored that Dan Fogelman had written a new script.
Therefore, things are a bit murky when it comes to the screenplay process, which likely explains why the production start date keeps getting pushed back. You need a great idea and a good script to keep everyone jazzed about the process, and Frank Marshall and his team are still trying to fine tune things from a writing standpoint before the cameras can start rolling. Once more official details regarding the script are confirmed, we'll be sure to let you know.
According to speculation, Jonathan Kasdan's screenplay, which reportedly revolved around the Walbrzych Nazi gold train, has been thrown out. It was also reported in September that David Koepp is supposedly back on board to write the screenplay, and he claims that he has "a good idea" for it.
Who Is Composing The Music For Indiana Jones 5?
Among one of the most famous and memorable aspects of the Indiana Jones franchise is the iconic score. It's easily one of the most instantly recognizable components of the film series; can you imagine an Indiana Jones movie without that famous tune playing? Of course not! Therefore, it's practically a no-brainer that John Williams has been asked to return for another Indiana Jones movie. It was revealed by Steven Spielberg that he agreed to return.
What Will Indiana Jones 5 Be Rated?
While Indiana Jones 5 is several months (or maybe even years) away from receiving an official MPAA rating, there's little doubt that this newest sequel will receive a PG-13 rating. While Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom carried PG ratings, the franchise has always had a bit of a dark edge, particularly with the grisly and violent deaths of some nasty foes, and it was ultimately Steven Spielberg who championed for the inclusion of a PG-13 rating back in 1984.
As Business Insider notes, it was mainly because of Temple of Doom, specifically, that Spielberg himself felt it was necessary for the ratings board to add a new rating, either PG-13 or PG-14, that would serve as a bridge between PG and R inside their system.
Since then, both Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull have carried PG-13 ratings, and there's very little reason to doubt that Indiana Jones 5 will also receive this distinction. It's unlikely that Steven Spielberg should tone the series back down to PG, especially by modern standards, and there's very, very little reason to believe that Indiana Jones 5 will be released under Disney with an R rating. Therefore, it's more likely than not that Indiana Jones 5 — whenever it makes it way onto the screen — will promptly receive another PG-13 rating for the franchise.
When Will Indiana Jones 5 Start Production?
Ever since it was announced that Indiana Jones 5 would be coming to a theater near you, it has been hard to determine when exactly production is expected to begin. There were initial claims that production would start in 2019, with April, specifically, being cited at one point and the thought being that the production ball would roll in the United Kingdom. With the year almost over, that's unlikely to be the case. Since then, the estimated production start date has shifted to mid-2020, with later reports claiming April 2020 is the expected start of shooting.
It's hard to know for sure whether or not that April 2020 projection is expected to come true. Although, there's reason to believe that, between then and now, Steven Spielberg could be wrapping up post-production duties on West Side Story while he begins pre-production responsibilities on Indiana Jones 5 in early 2020. That would also depend on whether there is any sort of finalized script in place, which is currently unclear. For now, though, that's when the production is expected to begin. Particularly if they want to meet their expected 2021 release date. Don't be surprised if that date gets delayed, though...
Who Will Star In Indiana Jones 5?
Since 2016, it has been confirmed that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Indiana Jones in this fourth sequel. After all, what would Indiana Jones be without the A-list actor in the title role? Certainly not your typical Indiana Jones movie, that's for sure. Because the actor isn't getting any younger, as the release date and production start date keep getting pushed back, there's the understandable question of what is going to happen when Ford is simply too old to play the part. At the moment, it appears that's not too deep of a concern, as Ford is on-board, though he cast some doubt earlier.
While Harrison Ford is the only cast member who is currently confirmed to star in the upcoming movie, there's good reason to believe that Karen Allen will also return for this sequel, especially since (spoiler alert) Marion Ravenwood married Indy at the end of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It'd be weird if she didn't make a return. In any case, whether or not Muff Williams (Shia LaBeouf) will return is totally unclear. Good money suggests that he will not be in the new movie, but there are some claims that Chris Pratt will be appearing in the new Indiana Jones sequel, though that is not yet confirmed.
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)
Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr. has served as the main protagonist and action hero avatar at the forefront of four Indiana Jones movies. Created as a homage to the action stars of serials found in the 1930s, the famous character, played dutifully by Harrison Ford, is a professor of archaeology at Yale University. He might spend his days teaching about the wonders of the world, but he is often out trying to discover great lost artifacts throughout the world.
As the character has grown older, he has also grown from an adventure-friendly man who is afraid of commitment (and snakes) to someone who has matured and accepted the responsibilities of getting older and settling down. He's still afraid of snakes, however. Some things do not change.
Will George Lucas Return?
When George Lucas signed off his company, Lucasfilm, to Disney, along with all of the IP found therein, the famous director/producer began living a much quieter life, watching his famous properties continue to thrive while he retains little creative influence. When it was announced that Indiana Jones 5 was underway, many people thought it would be similar to the recent Star Wars movies, where Lucas is kept at bay.
According to Steven Spielberg, however, Lucas is still involved in the process. He will serve as an executive producer, and he'll continue to oversee the property. As Spielberg said, it would be "insane," in his view, to make an Indiana Jones film without him. After all, George Lucas has remained the main catalyst for the film franchise.
This is what we know so far about Indiana Jones 5, but there are certainly going to be more updates in the future. Stay tuned for more developments.