George Lucas Won’t be Involved in Indiana Jones 5

MOVIE NEWS – There’s little information about Indiana Jones 5. Still, it’s one, that will probably make quite a few fans happy.

This fifth part of the (generally) treasured franchise has been in development for some time. Still, it’s taken some doing to get the project together. The release date has already been bumped a couple of times. Again, it looks like things are getting more significant now, as producer Frank Marshall is working on things on his end before Steven Spielberg will direct the movie again. However, there’s going to be one an important change this time around.

As had been rumoured previously, George Lucas will not be involved with Indiana Jones 5. The Star Wars creator has a very close relationship with Steven Spielberg, and he has been deeply involved in five previous films in the franchise. However, as Frank Marshall spoke about in a recent interview, they’ve simply moved on.

“I love being with George and having his input, but life changes, and we’re moving on. He moved on. We’re very respectful of the original intentions of the movie, certainly Harrison’s character. The serialization of what the original intention was. I’d love to have George there. I love being around George and working with him. It’ll be a little different because the ideas are coming from a different place now.”, told Marshall to the press.

So what happened to Lucas? Well, Lucasfilm being sold to Disney in 2012 is the most important change. George Lucas actually lost any creative control he had at that point. While Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg love and respect the man, it does make sense to move on. Chiefly now, when considering how bad the reception to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was amongst the fanbase.

Also, David Koepp, a frequent Spielberg collaborator who had previously written a draft of Indiana Jones 5, is no longer involved either. He wrote the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well, which had some fans feeling a bit nervous. In his place, it’s Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jonathan Kasdan in charge of scripting duties. However, in the interview, Frank Marshall also revealed that he’s putting together the “writer’s room” currently. When asked for clarification on that, he had this to offer.

“Well, I dunno if you’d call it a writers room, but many people that we trust pitch ideas and things. Gathering info.”

So it sounds like a bunch of writers will gather together and the best ideas will be put to use by Jonathan Kasdan. More than likely, this means whatever David Koepp had worked on previously has been thrown out. Given the delays with Indiana Jones 5, which is now set to be released on July 9, 2021, Steven Spielberg has decided to shoot his West Side Story remake in the meantime. It also means Harrison Ford will be just shy of 80 when what will ultimately be his final Indiana Jones adventure finally hits theatres.

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